He dressed ingenues, icons and international dignitaries alike and at the age of 82, the legendary Oscar de la Renta has passed away. The Dominican Republic-born designer was trained by Cristobal Balenciaga and went on to dress high society in his haute couture for over half his life. He adorned first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and became notorious for putting Hillary Clinton in a pants suit. One of his last high profile moments includes dressing the new Mrs. George Clooney, human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin, in her wedding dress to the Hollywood star.
We remember fashion's "sultan of suave" with some of his memorable quotes:
"Fashion is a trend. Style is within a person."
"Every season I am inspired by women."
"The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness."
"We live in an era of globalization and the era of the woman. Never in the history of the world have women been more in control of their destiny."
"There is always an emotional element to anything that you make."
"I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway."
"Be the designer of your own destiny."