Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

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Above: Oscar de la Renta at an exhibit on him at the William J Clinton Presidential Center last year

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The world is mourning a Caribbean legend after the death of Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away on Monday night at the age of 82.

The world-famous son of Santo Domingo was born to a Dominican mother and a Puerto Rican father.

After moving to Madrid to study at 18, de la Renta began a journey that would make him one of the the top designers in the world and steward of a global fashion empire.

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Above: Tortuga Bay

And his design empire extended beyond clothing, with de la Renta even designing the 30-room Tortuga Bay hotel in the Puntacana Resort & Club in his home country of the Dominican Republic (a resort that includes an eponymous boutique).

It was the first hotel de la Renta had ever designed.