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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, a family member told ABC News. He was 82.

The cause of death was not immediately clear.

De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal Balenciaga, who became his mentor, and then, landed a job with Lanvin in Paris.

He made his name in the early 1960s when first lady Jaqueline Kennedy frequently wore his designs, and launched his own label in the mid-1960s.

Since Kennedy, first ladies Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush all frequently wore de La Renta gowns.

His creations regularly graced red carpets and his name is one of the best known both in and outside of the industry.

Just last week, Oscar de la Renta -- the company -- announced the appointment of Peter Copping as creative director.

"Our Industry has not always done the best job when it comes to changes in design leadership. My hope is that, in leading this selection, and actively participating in the transition, I can insure the right design future for our company and brand," de la Renta said in a statement then.
His New York based company was established in 1965.

George Clooney Wedding: All the Details of Amal Alamuddin's Oscar de la Renta Dress

Amal Alamuddin has revealed the story behind her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, speaking to Vogue magazine at her final fitting before marrying George Clooney.

"George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress," she told Vogue. "Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."

Alamuddin went to the fitting with de la Renta and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo in late July with her mother, Baria Alamuddin, and sister, Tala Alamuddin. The lawyer and Clooney were wed this past weekend in Venice, Italy.

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Amal Alamuddin has revealed the story behind her Oscar de la Renta wedding gown, speaking to Vogue magazine at her final fitting before marrying George Clooney.

"George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can't imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a dress," she told Vogue. "Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman."

Alamuddin went to the fitting with de la Renta and head tailor Raffaele Ilardo in late July with her mother, Baria Alamuddin, and sister, Tala Alamuddin. The lawyer and Clooney were wed this past weekend in Venice, Italy.

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