Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

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Designer Oscar de la Renta and son Moises de la Renta attend an after party for The Cinema Society screening of 20th Century Fox's 'The Family Stone' presented by The Cinema Society and Vogue at the Tribeca Grand Hotel November 7, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Oscar de la Renta and Moises de la Renta attend the 2011 Vanidades 'Icons Of Style Awards' Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on September 22, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
Jamie Rusk, Oscar de la Renta, and Dr. Stephen Nimer attend Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Designer Oscar de la Renta attends the 2014 Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta at The Plaza Hotel on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
International designer Oscar de la Renta smiles during a news conference in Mexico City, Friday, March 22, 2013. De la Renta is in Mexico City for a Friday evening fashion gala where he will present his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
In this Feb. 14, 2012 photo, designer Oscar de la Renta appears backstage before his show during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
In this Feb. 14, 2012 photo, designer Oscar de la Renta appears backstage before his collection is shown during Fashion Week in New York. Watching the legendary 79-year-old backstage Tuesday night, it was clear that de la Renta is virtually immune to the circus and hype that accompanies New York Fashion Week. For de la Renta, despite decades in the business, each show commands his total attention as a personal unveiling of a labor of love. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
In this Feb. 14, 2012 photo, designer Oscar de la Renta appears backstage before his show during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta looks out at a crowd at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: First Lady of the Dominican Republic Candida Montilla (L) and designer Oscar de la Renta attend the 7th Annual Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar de la Renta at The Plaza Hotel on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Designer Oscar de la Renta (L) and former New York City Mayer Michael Bloomberg attend the 7th Annual Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar de la Renta at The Plaza Hotel on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Oscar de la Renta and Dr. Stephen Nimer attend Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
Jenna Bush, 26, daughter of President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, poses for photos prior to her marriage to Henry Hager at an outdoor ceremony on the Bush family's Prairie Chapel Ranch near Crawford, Texas, Saturday, May 10, 2008. Her wedding gown is by Oscar de la Renta, a top New York designer and favorite of the first lady's. It's made of organza, a sheer fabric, with embroidery and matte beading. Jenna has described the dress as "simple and elegant." (AP Photo/The White House/Shealah Craighead)
This July 17, 2014 photo shows former first lady Laura Bush, left, talking about the dress her daughter Jenna Bush Hager wore to her 2008 wedding at the family’s Crawford ranch and the teal mother-of-the bride dress, right, that she wore the same day during an interview in Dallas. The ensembles are among more than 60 featured in a new retrospective on de la Renta’s career that opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Library and Museum. “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style,” which runs through Oct. 5, features designs worn by everyone from celebrities to socialites to first ladies. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
This July 17, 2014 photo shows former first lady Laura Bush speaks during an interview next to her Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband’s 2005 inauguration that are on display in Dallas. The ensembles are among more than 60 featured in a new retrospective on de la Renta’s career that opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Library and Museum. “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style,” which runs through Oct. 5, features designs worn by everyone from celebrities to socialites to first ladies. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
This July 17, 2014 photo shows former first lady Laura Bush looking at Oscar de la Renta outfits on display in Dallas. The ensembles are among more than 60 featured in a new retrospective on de la Renta’s career that opens Saturday at the George W. Bush Library and Museum. “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style,” which runs through Oct. 5, features designs worn by everyone from celebrities to socialites to first ladies. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
First lady Laura Bush and designer Oscar de la Renta pose for photographers with an outfit she is donating to the Heart Truth 2004 collection in New York Monday, Feb. 9, 2004. The outfit was designed by de la Renta. The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. (AP Photo/Dean Cox)
First Lady Laura Bush, second from right, poses with Oscar de la Renta, left, Maria Perez Arzon and Carolina Herrera, right, before the 2005 Red Dress Collection fashion show, Friday, Feb. 4, 2005, in New York's Bryant Park. The show celebrates the second anniversary of the Red Dress, the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
291087 01: Designer Oscar de la Renta stands with models on a runway October 31, 1996 in New York City. First Lady Hillary Clinton chose a de la Renta dress as her apparel for the 1996 inaugural gala. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, designer Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, left, and Daria Strokous, right, after his Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2013-2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 11 West 42nd Street on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta applauds at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta looks at a crowd gathered in his honor at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, right, looks toward former President Bill Clinton, left, as de la Renta speaks at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, July 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
In this Feb. 14, 2012 photo, designer Oscar de la Renta appears backstage before his collection is shown during Fashion Week in New York. Watching the legendary 79-year-old backstage Tuesday night, it was clear that de la Renta is virtually immune to the circus and hype that accompanies New York Fashion Week. For de la Renta, despite decades in the business, each show commands his total attention as a personal unveiling of a labor of love. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Eva Chen is seen outside the Oscar de la Renta show on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Model Karlie Kloss walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Oscar de la Renta and Annette de la Renta are seen in Midtown on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Oscar de la Renta and Annette de la Renta are seen in Midtown on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: Designers Oscar de la Renta (L) and Carolina Herrera attend the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Benefit for the Museum at FIT honoring Carolina Herrera at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for FIT Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Seth Meyers, Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Graydon Carter, and Renee Zellweger attend the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Benefit for the Museum at FIT honoring Carolina Herrera at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for FIT Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Seth Meyers, Anna Wintour, and Oscar de la Renta attend the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Benefit for the Museum at FIT honoring Carolina Herrera at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for FIT Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 03: (L-R) Seth Meyers, Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Graydon Carter, Renee Zellweger and Donna Karan attend the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon Benefit for the Museum at FIT honoring Carolina Herrera at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for FIT Foundation)
Signed photographs of King Juan Carlos I of Spain, left, Simeon II of Bulgaria, center, and fashion designer Oscar de la Renta sit on display at tailor Gonzalo Lopez Larrainzar's luxury outfitters in Madrid, Spain, on Monday, July 7, 2014. Signs that bankers and other wealthy buyers of luxury clothing are more willing to increase their spending on such garments as hand-made suits, tuxedos and business shirts may be a signal that confidence in Spain's economic recovery is increasing, said Lopez Larrainzar in an interview. Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Designer Oscar de la Renta(L) and Michael R. Bloomberg attend the 2014 Carnegie Hall Medal Of Excellence Gala Honoring Oscar De La Renta at The Plaza Hotel on April 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal collection show on April 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Models walk the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal collection show on April 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal collection show on April 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal collection show on April 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Spring 2015 Bridal collection show on April 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Models walk the runway during an Oscar de la Renta fashion show during the Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Models walk the runway during an Oscar de la Renta fashion show during the Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ice Palace on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Oscar de la Renta attends Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 13: Models walk the runway during an Oscar de la Renta fashion show during the Designed For A Cure 2014 Benefiting Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 13, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Victoria Justice, wearing Oscar de la Renta, walks the runway at Go Red For Women - The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy's And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 26: Swanee DiMare is seen wearing Oscar de la Renta dress and Christian Dior at the Third Annual Splendor in the Garden luncheon at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden on January 26, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Oscar de la Renta attends the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Oscar de la Renta and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attend the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Oscar de la Renta attends the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Oscar de la Renta, Former United States Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Queen Sofia of Spain and actor Antonio Banderas attend the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Oscar de la Renta, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain attend the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute 2013 Gold Medal Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
New York, NY-September 3: Oscar de la Renta seen arriving to the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. Credit: mpiRW/MediaPunch /IPX
New York, NY-September 3: Oscar de la Renta seen arriving to the 2014 Couture Council Award Luncheon at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on September 3, 2014 in New York City. Credit: mpiRW/MediaPunch /IPX
Oscar de la Renta, left, Queen Sofia of Spain, second from left, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Antonio Banderas, right, greet attendees before Banderas is honored during a ceremony by the Spanish Institute at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Oscar de la Renta, left, Hillary Rodham Clinton, second from left, Antonio Banderas, right, and Queen Sofia of Spain pose for photographs before Banderas is honored during a ceremony by the Spanish Institute at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Business women Natalie Massnet, right is seen on stage with Model Karlie Kloss, left, and Oscar de la Renta, center, at the 2013 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on on Monday, November, 11, 2013 in New York. Massne accepter the Chairman of Cool Award at the 2013 Glamour Women of the Year Award (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision /AP Images)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Designer Oscar de la Renta, right, speaks on stage next to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, June 3, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Model Cara Delevingne walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at 11 West 42nd Street on February 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Oscar de la Renta, the worldly gentleman designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and Hollywood stars for more than four decades, has died. He was 82.

De la Renta died at home Monday evening in Connecticut surrounded by family and friends and "more than a few dogs," according to a handwritten statement signed by two of his company's executives, Alex Bolen and Eliza Bolen.

"While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us. Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company," the statement said. "All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward. We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much."

[Below: Some of de la Renta's most prized work: The Evening Gown]

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Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82
FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011, file photo, the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)
A model walks the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: (BRAZIL OUT, NEW YORK TIMES OUT, UK VOGUE OUT) A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: Melaney Rodriguez,17,tries on an Oscar DeLaRenta design similar to one worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in 'Sex and the City'during the Operation Fairydust event at Seward Park Hight School. The Bronx student will be wearing the dress to her prom. (Photo by David Handschuh/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 27: 77th Annual Academy Awards -Arrivals in Los Angeles, United States on February 27, 2005 - Penelope Cruz attends the 77th Annual Academy Awards, February 27, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lefranc-Benainous/GAMMA) Penelope Cruz in Oscar de la Renta's sunshine-yellow strapless silk gown. Her jewels are Chopard's yellow diamond earrings, yellow diamond ring and two yellow emerald-cut diamond bracelets. (Photo by Pool BENAINOUS/LEFRANC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. His specialty was evening gowns, and celebrities from Penelope Cruz and Parker to former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton wore his creations. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Victoria Justice wearing Oscar de la Renta attends the Heart Truth Red Dress Collection fashion show on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Models wear dresses depicting Disney characters Snow White, right, designed by Oscar de la Renta, and Belle, left, designed by Valentino, as they pose for the photographers during a photo opportunity ahead of an auction, at Christie's auction house in London, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. The exquisite dresses, handcrafted by designers including Versace, Roberto Cavalli and others, each designed to be an interpretation of a Disney Princess will be offered in an auction on Nov. 13 to rise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
A model presents an outfit from Oscar de la Renta's spring/summer collection, in Mexico City, late Friday, March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: A model walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
The Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday Sept. 16, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, fashion from the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 show is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actress Giselle Blondet models Oscar de la Renta during the Heart Truth Red Dress fashion show in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/StarPix, Amanda Schwab)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Oscar de la Renta Spring 2012 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
A model pauses on the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Models walk the runway at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Oscar de la Renta spring 2011 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Thursday Sept. 16, 2010, in New York. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
The fall 2010 collection of Oscar de la Renta is presented during Fashion Week, in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A model wears a creation by Dominican Republic's Oscar De la Renta from his 2010 Spring-Summer "Resort" collection at the Cali Exposhow 2009 in Cali, Colombia, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Christian Escobar Mora)
The spring 2010 collection of Oscar de la Renta is presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2009 collection of designer Oscar de la Renta is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The spring 2009 collection of designer Oscar de la Renta is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday Sept. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Oscar De La Renta bridal collection is modeled during Bridal Week Monday, April 14, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Oscar De La Renta bridal collection is modeled during Bridal Week, Monday, April 14, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The Oscar De La Renta bridal collection is modeled during Bridal Week, Monday, April 14, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
The fall 2008 collection of designer Oscar de la Renta is modeled during Fashion Week in New York Monday Feb. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
***FOR USE WITH LIFESTYLES** A model walks the runway during the presentation of Oscar de la Renta's Pre-Fall 2008 fashion collection in New York, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Oscar de la Renta 2008 spring/summer collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Sept. 10, 2007. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
A model walks the runway during the showing of the Oscar de la Renta fall 2007 collection, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
A model walks the runway during the showing of the Oscar de la Renta fall/winter 2007 collection, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)
A model wears fashion from the Oscar de la Renta spring 2007 collection shown in New York, Monday, Sept 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
The fall collection of Oscar de la Renta is presented during Fashion Week in New York, Monday, Feb. 6, 2006. (AP Photo/ Richard Drew )
A black and white embroidered organdy gown is modeled during the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2005 collection in New York Monday, Sept. 13, 2004. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A black and white feather and grosgrain embroidered gown is modeled during the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta spring 2005 collection in New York Monday, Sept. 13, 2004. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Brooke models a champagne gold embroidered ball gown during the showing of the fall 2004 Oscar de la Renta collection in New York Monday, Feb. 9, 2004. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Model Colette, left, wears a pink silk satin gown with boullion embroidered bodice in the spring 2003 collection of designer Oscar de la Renta, shown in New York, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2002. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
American designer Oscar de la Renta, right, escorts the bride at the end of the Pierre Balmain 1998 Spring Summer high fashion show in Paris Wednesday Jan 21 1998. (AP PHOTO/Laurent Rebours)
Esther C. wears a a mink-trimmed navy cardigan over a red satin gown, Thursday, April 2, 1998, during the presentation of the Oscar de la Renta Fall 1998 collection at 7th on Sixth in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oscar de la Renta presents ball gowns with ruffled bouffant taffeta skirts from his spring collection shown in New York City on April 28, 1982. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
Oscar De La Renta presents a red and white knee-length midi-dress that unzips to reveal mini-culottes worn with white boots at the spring preview by American Designer Series in New York City on Jan. 10, 1968. The high boots are cut off at the instep making them part sandals. (AP Photo)
Designer Oscar de la Renta poses with models af ter the showing of his Spring 1996 collection in New York Thursday, Nov. 2, 1995. (AP Photo/Paul Hurschmann)
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The late '60s and early '70s were a defining moment in U.S. fashion as New York-based designers finally carved a look of their own that was finally taken seriously by Europeans. De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style - and their influence is still spotted today.

Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead at 82

De la Renta's specialty was eveningwear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colors.

First lady Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball and Hillary Clinton wore a gold de la Renta in 1997. On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns. His clothes even were woven into episodes of "Sex and the City" with style icon character Carrie Bradshaw dropping his name - and comparing his designs to poetry.

De la Renta's path to New York's Seventh Avenue took an unlikely route: He left his native Dominican Republic at age 18 to study painting in Spain but soon became sidetracked by fashion. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches and asked him to make a dress for her daughter - a dress that landed on the cover of Life magazine.

That led to an apprenticeship with Cristobal Balenciaga, and then de la Renta moved to France to work for couture house Lanvin. By 1963, he was working for Elizabeth Arden couture in New York and in 1965 had launched his own label.

He told the AP in 2004 that his Hispanic roots worked their way into his designs.

"I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant," he said.

And while de la Renta made Manhattan his primary home, he often visited the Dominican Republic and kept a home there. Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour was a frequent visitor and she has said traveling with him was like traveling with the president. "He's a superstar," she said.

He also had a country home in northwestern Connecticut. Gardening and dancing were among his favorite diversions from work. "I'm a very restless person. I'm always doing something. The creative process never stops," he said.

As a designer, De la Renta always catered to his socialite friends and neighbors - as the designer and his wife, Annette, were fixtures on the black-tie charity circuit - but he did make occasional efforts to reach the masses, including launching a mid-priced line in 2004 and developing a dozen or so perfumes, the first, called Oscar, was introduced in 1977 and more recently, Rosamor.

He was an avid patron of the arts, serving as a board member of The Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall, among others, and he devoted considerable time to children's charity, including New Yorkers for Children. He also helped fund schools and day-care centers in La Romana and Punta Cana in his native country.

The Dominican Republic honored de la Renta with the order al Merito de Juan Pablo Duarte and the order of Cristobol Colon. Here in the U.S., he received the Coty American Fashion Critics Award twice, was named womenswear designer of the year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2000 and also received a lifetime achievement award from the CFDA - an organization for which he served as president in the 1980s.

In addition to his own label, de la Renta spearheaded the Pierre Balmain collection from 1993-2002, marking the first time an American designed for a French couture house, and he was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur as a Commandeur. He also received the Gold Medal Award from the king and queen of Spain.

De la Renta gave up the title of chief executive of his company in 2004, handing over business duties to stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen, but he remained active on the design end, continuing to show his collections during New York Fashion Week.

De la Renta also is survived by an adopted son, Moises, a designer at the company.

De la Renta's first wife, French Vogue editor Francoise de Langlade, died in 1983.

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