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Published: 03:00 BST, 21 October 2014 | Updated: 10:50 BST, 21 October 2014

Oscar de la Renta, a legendary fashion designer who shaped the wardrobe of socialites and film stars for four decades, has died at the age of 82.

De la Renta passed away at his home in Kent, Connecticut - and while no cause of death has been revealed, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

The death yesterday comes less than a month after Amal Alamuddin Clooney wore his dress for her wedding to George Clooney on September 27.

Following his death, De la Renta is survived by both his wife Annette and his adopted son Moises - a designer at his label.

Company executives Alex and Eliza Bolen said that De la Renta died surrounded by family, friends, and 'more than a few dogs'.

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Great loss: Oscar de la Renta, who recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, has died at the age of 82. He is pictured with Amal in a photo shoot for Vogue

The statement also read: 'While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much us.

‘Oscar's hard work, his intelligence and his love of life are at the heart of our company.

'All that we have done, and all that we will do, is informed by his values and his spirit. Through Oscar's example we know the way forward.

‘We will make Oscar very proud of us by continuing in an even stronger way the work that Oscar loved so much.'

De la Renta first came to prominence designing clothes for Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s, and he started his own fashion label a few years later.

Most recently, he was behind the wedding dress of Mrs Clooney, and starred alongside the bride in a photo shoot for Vogue.

A week ago it was announced that former Nina Ricci designer Peter Copping had been appointed as creative director of the Oscar de la Renta label.

De la Renta told WWD: 'I'm very happy Peter has agreed to join us. He is a great talent and along with our shared design sensibilities, we both have a deep curiosity about the wider world, from music and art to architecture and gardens.

'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 ensure the right design future for our company and brand.'

It was earlier believed John Galliano would be appointed to the position following a highly successful residency with De la Renta. 

Iconic: The fashion designer is pictured after his show at New York Fashion Week on September 9 with Karlie Kloss (L) and Daria Strokous

Favourite of the First Ladies: De la Renta dressed Laura Bush (L) in 2005 and Hillary Clinton in 1997 for the inaugural ball

Famous fans: (L-R) Karlie Kloss walking in his SS15 show in New York, Victoria Beckham in one of his designs at his show in 2008 and Penelope Cruz, who was a firm fan of the designer, wearing his dress at the BAFTAs in 2007

Glamorous girls: (L-R) Katy Perry in one of his dresses at the 2013 American Music Awards, Jennifer Lawrence at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2011 and Eva Mendes at the 10th Marrakech Film Festival in December 2010

Red carpet ready: Lupita Nyong'o at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2014, left, and Emma Watson, right, at the New York premiere of Noah in March 2014

Elegant touch: Fashion writer Simon Glazin says you just have to take one look at the faces of the women who wore his designs, such as Frieda Pinto, Taylor Swift and Penelope Cruz, to know that what Oscar had designed made them feel amazing

Vision in white: Just last night, actress Jennifer Lawrence wore one of Oscar's more casual designs to ELLE's 21st Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Through the ages: Cheryl Fernandez Versini in an Oscar top at the X Factor auditions in 2008 and Helena Christensen on his catwalk in 1992

'A dear friend': Clinton presented De la Renta with the Founder's Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards last year

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It was considered to be the disgraced designer's second chance in the fashion world.

However in April it was claimed by Page Six that Galliano demanded too many members of staff and the financial discrepancies caused negotiations to fall apart.

De la Renta has become a favourite of movie stars and First Ladies alike, with Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford and Laura Bush also wearing his designs.

George W. and Laura Bush's daughter Jenna got married in an Oscar de la Renta dress in 2008, while Diana, Princess of Wales was a fan of his work too.

He was close to Hillary Clinton for many years, and dressed her for the 1997 inaugural ball.

At last year's Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, the former Secretary of State called De la Renta 'a dear friend' when presenting him with the highest honour in the form of the Founder's Award.

He returned the favour by telling the audience: 'She might not like me to say this, but I think she’s going to be our next president.'

Earlier this month, Michelle Obama wore one of the designer's dresses for the first time to a cocktail party following a White House Fashion Education Workshop that she hosted, which comes more than three years after he expressed that he believed the First Lady should be wearing American designs. 

Friends for many years: The designer is seen here with former First Lady Nancy Reagan at an event in April 2011

Another First Lady joins the fan club: Michelle Obama wore one of Oscar's dresses for the very first time earlier this month, to a cocktail party after the White House Fashion Education Workshop that she hosted

Silver sirens: Stars from (L-R) Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart to Anne Hathaway have all fallen in love with the luxurious fabrics and delicate detail used in Oscar's dresses

Friends in high places: Oscar dancing with Gwyneth Paltrow at a gala back in 2002, left, and with Victoria Beckham, right

Longtime legend: De la Renta is pictured at the CFDA Awards in 1988 alongside Audrey Hepburn

Family: De la Renta is survived by wife Annette (who he is pictured with in 2012), and son Moises (who he is seen with in 2011)

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De la Renta's beautiful, intricate gowns have also unsurprisingly been worn by many an A-lister at Hollywood award ceremonies. The A-listers loved his flattering shapes, which showcased the feminine aesthetic in all its glory.

Using his Latin heritage combined with a more demure cut, his gowns flattered in all the right places - no wonder Spanish temptress Penelope Cruz is a fan. 

Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz have all dazzled in his creations at the Academy Awards in recent years.

An episode of Sex And The City was even dedicated to the designer, and saw Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker), wear a stunning frock to the ballet with Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov).

De la Renta's breathtaking gowns, which showed off the silhouette of the woman he was dressing while always being elegant and original, led him to become a star in his own right.

He is famously quoted as saying: 'The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.'

George Clooney's new wife Amal told Vogue: '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.

‘Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.'

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Loved by the stars: Amy Adams wore a beautiful gown by the designer to the 2013 Academy Awards

Fit for a princess: Gowns by Oscar were also worn to the ceremony by Jennifer Garner (L) earlier this year and Cameron Diaz in 2010

Big fans: (L-R) Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift are amongst those to have worn De la Renta on the red carpet

The visionary worked right up until his death, and held his most recent show at New York Fashion Week on September 9.

De la Renta and his peers, including the late Bill Blass, Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene, defined American style - and their influence is still spotted today.

De la Renta's speciality was evening wear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favoured by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime.

His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colours.

Former US first lady Laura Bush wore an icy blue gown by de la Renta to the 2005 inaugural ball and Hillary Clinton wore a gold de la Renta to the 1997 ball.

On the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock were among the celebrities to don his feminine and opulent gowns.

‘We will miss Oscar's generous and warm personality, his charm, and his wonderful talents.’ Mrs Bush said. 

Hollywood belles: (L-R) Jessica Chastain at the premiere of The Help in August 2011, Ginnifer Goodwin at the 40th American Music Awards in November 2012 and Elle Fanning at the British Independent Film Awards in December 2012

Starry fans: (L-R) Anna Kendrick at the BlackBerry Inside Film Lounge at Brassaii on September 2011, Allison Williams at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in 2012 and Ivana Trump at his show in 2003

Timeless elegance: Oscar's pieces are unlike anything else, and Beyonce shone in one of his gowns in the March 2013 issue of Vogue

Visionary: Oprah Winfrey accompanied De la Renta to the 2010 Met Gala, and looked incredible in a midnight blue creation

Fashion icon: Oscar is pictured here with US Vogue editor Anna Wintour last month at a luncheon to honour fellow designer Carolina Herrera

'You call him Oscar?': A season six episode of Sex And The City was dedicated to De la Renta, with Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wearing one of his dresses

‘My daughters and I have many fond memories of visits with Oscar, who designed our favourite clothes, including Jenna's wedding dress.

‘We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful.’

Supermodel Naomi Campbell tweeted: ‘The Gentleman of Fashion you will always be! RIP.’

De la Renta was born in 1932 in the Dominican Republic, and moved to Madrid at the age of 18 to study painting after leaving home.

He was mentored by Cristobal Balenciaga during an apprenticeship and then moved to Paris where he worked with Lanvin.

In 1963, he sought advice from the then Vogue editor-in-chief, Diana Vreeland, asking how he could 'get into ready to wear, because that's where the money is'.

On Vreeland's advice, he worked for Arden for two years and then in 1965, he worked for Jane Derby and launched his own label. He also worked at Balmain, which now counts Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as fans, where he designed haute couture for nearly ten years.

It wasn't until 2006, that he branched out into bridal wear - something he quickly became acclaimed for. 

As for his personal life, the designer wed Annette in 1989. He was previously married to former French Vogue editor Françoise de Langlade, until her death in 1983, and has stepchildren from both marriages.

De la Renta said in June of last year of his cancer battle: 'Right now, I am totally clean. The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die.

'We always think we are going to live forever. The dying aspect we will never accept. 

'The one thing about having this kind of warning is how you appreciate every single day of life.'

Amazing talent: The actress wore De la Renta to the Met Gala in May, and showed his diversity as a designer in a dramatic retro gown

It runs in the family: George W. and Laura Bush's daughter Jenna got married in an Oscar de la Renta dress in 2008

Royalty and red carpet royalty: Oscar is seen left with Queen Sofia of Spain in November of last year, and right with Jennifer Aniston in 2005

Always in style: Kerry Washington (far left) and Reese Witherspoon (centre) are seen in De la Renta designs earlier this year, while Penelope Cruz wore one to the 2005 Academy Awards

Taylor Swift leads emotional Twitter tributes for late designer Oscar de la Renta

Taylor Swift was among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Oscar de la Renta following the news of his death on Monday. 

'My all-time favorite designer has passed away. Oscar, it was an honor to wear your creations and to know you. In loving memory,' she tweeted to her 45.5m followers. 

The 24-year-old singer accompanied her tweet with a snap of her wearing one of his gowns to the Costume Institute Gala in New York in May. 

A-lister favourite: Taylor Swift led the celebrity tributes to Oscar de la Renta, and accompanied her tweet with an image of herself wearing a custom gown by the designer to the Costume Institute Gala in NYC in May

'My all-time favourite designer': The star wrote that is was 'an honor' to wear his designs

Karlie Kloss called the designer 'extraordinary' in a touching tribute. 

'The world lost one of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met. 

'Thank you for helping me become the woman I am today and for always inspiring me to be better. There simply is no one else like you,' she wrote. 

Role model: Karlie Kloss called the designer 'extraordinary' in a touching tribute, pictured with him and Daria Strokus in NYC in September

Grateful: Karlie thanked de la Renta for helping her 'become the woman I am today'

Heiress: Paris' sister Nicky Hilton paid her tributes on Twitter this morning 

Saddened: Ivanka Trump took to social media to pay her respects

Model moment: Joan Smalls, who has worked with Oscar on countless occasions, wrote a note in Spanish 

Paying her respects: Naomi Campbell, who walked in Oscar's show when he first started out as a designer, has been posting countless tributes

Fashion face: Girl's Aloud fashionista Nicola Roberts was sure to pay her respects on Twitter today 

The Only Way Is Tributes: Even TOWIE's Lydia Bright made a statement on social media 

Padma Lakshmi also tweeted her sadness at the news.

'Just heard of the passing of Oscar de la Renta. A true, master craftsman and gentleman. RIP,' she wrote.

Garcelle Beauvais echoed the sentiment, writing, 'The fashion world has lost a legend RIP.' 

Glittering career: De la Renta's beautiful, intricate gowns have unsurprisingly been worn by many an A-lister at Hollywood award ceremonies, pictured with Penelope Cruz in NYC in 2011

Praise: Ivanka Trump hailed the designer as an 'icon', pictured wearing one of his gowns at the Costume Institute Gala in NYC in May

Ivanka Trump hailed the designer as an 'icon'.

'Truly saddened by the loss of one of the greatest fashion icons of all time. Oscar de la Renta will be greatly missed,' she tweeted.

Gloria Estefan credited him with designing gowns for some of her 'biggest moments'.

'RIP iconic designer Oscar De La Renta,who was a big part of 3 of my life's biggest moments.Much love & peace2 his family& all who loved him!'

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