The fashion designer died today at the age of 82.
Having launched his eponymous label almost 50 years ago, the great-grandfather of American fashion and New York Fashion Week stalwart will be fondly remembered for his eternally elegant celebration of women through glamorous gowns and romantic creations.
An apprentice of the great couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Dominican Republic-born designer was famed for his flattering couture-like designs, often given a fresh ready-to-wear spin and always injected with a frothy frivolity and fun femininity.
A star name on the catwalk for over five decades, de la Renta maintained his position as the red-carpet outfitter of choice for movie stars, socialites and royality alike, with his biggest fans ranging from the original First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, through to George Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin, the human rights lawyer whose wedding dress de la Renta recently designed.
Although the designer this month announced he was stepping down from the helm of his namesake label, naming Englishman Peter Copping as creative director, de la Renta’s legacy of old-world glamour for the modern woman will live on.