The life of Os­car de la Renta

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Born: July 22, 1932 in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, died Oc­to­ber 20, 2014 at his home in Con­necti­cut. He was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 2006 and had been in treat­ment since that time.

As a stu­dent he stud­ied paint­ing in Madrid.

First job was as a fash­ion il­lus­tra­tor at Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga.

Launched his la­bel in New York in 1965 and was one of the first Amer­i­can de­sign­ers to cre­ate a fra­grance.

A phi­lan­thropist, he es­tab­lished an or­phan­age in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic, La Casa del Nino, in 1982.

Walked down the aisle twice: His first wife was a for­mer editor of Vogue and died in 1983. He is sur­vived by his sec­ond wife, An­nette.

Fam­ily val­ues: His step­daugh­ter El­iza and son-in-law Alex Bolsen both work at his la­bel.

Has an adopted son, Moises, from the

Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic.

John Gal­liano was given a sec­ond chance by De la Renta, who took the sacked Dior de­signer on for a three-week res­i­dency in 2013.

The world’s most fa­mous women adored his de­signs, in­clud­ing Jackie Kennedy, Hil­lary Clin­ton, Oprah Win­frey, Bey­oncé and Naomi Camp­bell.

His fu­neral in New York was at­tended by Henry Kissinger, Hil­lary Clin­ton, Diane von Fursten­berg, Michael Kors, Tommy Hil­figer, Ralph Lau­ren, Vera Wang, Donna Karan, Anna Win­tour and An­nie Lei­bovitz, among oth­ers.

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