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.
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October 20, 2014 10:33 PM EDT

World-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta passed away Monday at the age of 82.

He died after a long battle with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in 2006, ABC News reports.

De la Renta is famous for designing red-carpet gowns for the cream of A-list celebrities over the past 50 years.

He first became known internationally in the 1960s when he dressed Jackie Kennedy, and since then continued to cater for several First Ladies as well as Hollywood’s top stars. Michelle Obama wore him for the first time ever a couple weeks ago, and he also designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress.

De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic to an influential family, but left his homeland aged 18 to study painting in Spain. It was there that he became interested in fashion designing, and after an apprenticeship with designer Cristobal Balenciaga, he moved to Paris and worked in several French fashion houses.

In 1965, he launched his ready-to wear label and his work since then has made him a legend in the fashion world.

He is survived by his second wife, Annette, and adopted son, Moises.

Write to Helen Regan at helen.regan@timeasia.com.

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