Oscar de la Renta remembered for his elegant designs, generosity
IMAGE: Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer »
Oscar de la Renta, the legendary fashion designer who dressedfirst ladies and Hollywood stars during a career that spanned fivedecades, was remembered on Tuesday for his exquisite style,generous heart and tireless philanthropy.
Tributes poured in for the tall, Dominican-born designer who diedlate on Monday at the age of 82, surrounded by family at his Connecticut home after a battle with cancer.
"He died exactly as he wished: with tremendous grace, greatdignity and very much on his own terms," his family said on hiswebsite. "We are working on arrangements to celebrate his life."
Known for his classic, feminine creations, de la Renta dressed firstladies, Republican and Democratic, including JacquelineKennedy, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush and HillaryClinton, who wore a plum-colored de la Renta gown to herdaughter's wedding in 2010.
"His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendshipwill be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched in his extraordinary journey," Bill andHillary Clinton said in a statement.
One of his most recent designs was the lace, off-the-shoulder wedding gown he created forhuman rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to actor George Clooney inVenice, Italy.
Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and a close friend, said he was equally happydining with the rich and famous as he was playing dominoes with his staff.
"His designs reflected his extraordinary personality - optimistic, fun, sunny, romantic," she saidon Vogue's website.
Wintour added that he had told her he had an amazing life and was not afraid.
"This strength must have been with him in the hospital last week when he made the decision toturn off treatment; it was not the quality of life he wanted," she said.
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