The Renaissance Man

Words by Elizabeth Pollard

Dominican born designer Oscar de la Renta passed away on Monday, aged 82. He was surrounded by friends and family at his home in Connecticut, after battling cancer for almost ten years. De la Renta was famed for dressing the world’s most powerful and famous women, including first women, Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Regan, Laura Bush, Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama, as well as being a veteran designer on the red carpet.

Despite designing both catwalk and ready-to-wear, de la Renta is reknown for his classical couture gowns. The de la Renta woman is poised, elegant and independant, which according to his friend and contemporary, Diane von Furstenberg, so was he; “He was a Renaissance man, the most elegant man, who befriended and was as beloved by queens and first ladies, as by seamstresses and gardeners.”

There is no doubt that his presence will be missed but his influence has impacted the fashion industry so greatly, he will live on through the young designers he will continue to inspire.

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