Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at age 82, was a gentleman designer who over the last five decades defined American elegance.
De la Renta's pop culture influence was wide-ranging. He recently designed Amal
Although De la Renta is considered an American designer, his feminine style was more rooted in European couture traditions. He trained with
He was a force in fashion until the end.
Just last month, Amal Alamuddin wore an Oscar de la Renta gown to her wedding to George Clooney. De la Renta himself was at the final fitting, giving advice and making sure details were just so.
Though news of his death was sudden, De la Renta had battled cancer for years, and he had been actively looking for a successor, a strategy that was pioneering among a generation of designers in their 70s and 80s, which includes Giorgio
After a search that included a tryout of sorts for
Copping, who created elegant, ladylike clothing at