Funeral services are set for fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.
A private funeral mass for de la Renta will be held here Nov. 3.
The mass will take place at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at Park Avenue and 84th Street, according to Women’s Wear Daily.
De la Renta died Monday at his home in Kent, Conn., at age 82 after a long battle with cancer. The consummate charmer, the designer mingled with royalty, celebrity, socials and more throughout his long career. That career began at Elizabeth Arden in the Sixties and stretched through the last three decades of the 20th century and well into the second decade of the 21st.
As reported, he was one of the last of the generation that literally put American fashion — and the names that were on the label — on the global map. While the size of his business never matched that of some of his peers, his outsized reputation surpassed them in many other ways.
Reuters is reporting the Dominican-born designer, who dressed Hollywood stars, American first ladies and wealthy socialites, died at his home in Connecticut surrounded by his family.
During his lengthy career De la Renta was known for his sophisticated suits with fitted jackets, feminine dresses in pastel colors and flowered prints, and elaborate evening gowns.
He was a favorite among actresses including Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, who wore his creations on the red carpet.
One of his most recent creations was the lace, off-the-shoulder wedding gown he created for human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to actor George Clooney in Venice, Italy.
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, who wrote a tribute to her close friend on the magazine’s website following his death, is expected to be among the designers, fashionistas and celebrities to attend the funeral.
In the Dominican Republic, where de la Renta had a home and his philanthropy changed the lives of thousands of children, flags were flown at half mass during a national day of mourning.
President Danilo Medina credited the designer for raising up the name of the Dominican Republic over the world.
Amid his growing fortunes was a personal tragedy. In 1983, his wife, Francoise, died of breast cancer. A year later, Mr. de la Renta was moved by the story of an abandoned infant being cared for at the orphanage he supported in the Dominican Republic. He adopted the boy, Moises. In 1989, Mr. de la Renta married Annette Reed. Besides his wife, survivors include his son and three stepchildren.
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