he well-documented fashion legend that is Oscar de la Renta will be commemorated today in his honorary home of New York City, at a private formal funeral which will be held at Church of St Ignatius Loyola at Park Avenue and 84th Street. It is expected that members of his family and close friends – some of them really quite famous indeed – will pay tribute to the 82-year-old who passed away last month after a long battle with cancer.
His fashion industry friends and admirers include Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg and Sarah Jessica Parker
It is thought that Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg, who were all long-time friends of the designer, will be among the fashion industry names that will attend the service, which is taking place at the same chapel where the funeral of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was held.
De la Renta will be sadly missed within the industry and further afield, having become famous for not only being quite the charmer, dancer and comedian, but a true fashion pioneer who socialised and dressed royalty, celebrities, high society personalities and more throughout his incredible career.
The native Dominican started his fashion journey at Elizabeth Arden in the 60s by working on the businesswoman's private wardrobe, before launching his own label that became iconic amongst its peers, and changed the way that American couture is perceived. He is an important piece of fashion history that will never be forgotten.
Former Nina Ricci creative director Peter Copping is now leading the house of Oscar de la Renta creatively, before his first collection is revealed next February in New York.
Oscar de la Renta with Audrey Hepburn 1968 (above) and later, below
The adopted New Yorker made the city his playground and workplace over a career that spanned 50 years
Oscar de la Renta with Princess Diana
Dancing with Karl Lagerfeld in Paris in 2002
The designer was known for his sense of humour
"How wonderful it is to design for a consumer who is in charge of their own destiny..."
"How wonderful it is to be a designer for a consumer who is in charge of their own destiny..." Said the man who so loved to dance in 2012, speaking then to Harrods magazine about the way in which the world has changed for women during his career.
It is expected that the event in New York today – however of course a sad occasion – will also respect the manner in which de la Renta treated his beautiful life, a celebration.
In that spirit, we invite you to watch this short film below, now:
RIP Oscar de la Renta 1932–2014