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Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

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FILE - Oscar de la Renta outfits on display in Dallas.

FILE - Oscar de la Renta outfits on display in Dallas.

Iconic designer Oscar de la Renta died Monday, leaving behind a legendary career as one of the most recognized names in fashion. He was 82.

Spanish-language television network Univision reported that de la Renta died after a 10-year battle with cancer.

The designer, who was born in the Dominican Republic, rose to international prominence in the 1960s dressing first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

In the decades since, his fashion house was best known for voluptuous gowns that made their way from the runway to the red carpet.

Most recently, de la Renta was credited with designing the gown that lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney wore to marry actor George Clooney in Italy last month.

In a 2013 interview with Britain’s The Telegraph, de la Renta said style is "a discipline."

The designer added, "if you don't dress well every day, you lose the habit. It's not about what you wear, but about how you live your life."

De la Renta is survived by wife Annette Engelhard and an adopted son, Moises, as well as stepchildren and step-grandchildren.

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