Oscar de la Renta, the renowned fashion designer who died on
Monday at the age of 82, will be buried at a private funeral in
New York early next month.
A mass for family and close friends will be held on Nov. 4 at
the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at Park Avenue in Manhattan,
according to Vogue magazine.
The Dominican-born designer, who dressed Hollywood stars,
American first ladies and wealthy socialites, died at his home
in Connecticut surrounded by his family.
During his lengthy career De la Renta was known for his
sophisticated suits with fitted jackets, feminine dresses in
pastel colors and flowered prints, and elaborate evening gowns.
He was a favorite among actresses including Sarah Jessica
Parker, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, who wore his creations
on the red carpet.
One of his most recent creations was the lace, off-the-shoulder
wedding gown he created for human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin
for her September wedding to actor George Clooney in Venice,
Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue, who wrote a tribute
to her close friend on the magazine's website following his
death, is expected to be among the designers, fashionistas and
celebrities to attend the funeral.
In the Dominican Republic, where de la Renta had a home and his
philanthropy changed the lives of thousands of children, flags
were flown at half mass during a national day of mourning.
President Danilo Medina credited the designer for raising up the
name of the Dominican Republic over the world.
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and
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