The celebrated fashion icon had been battling cancer on and off for the better part of eight years and, as his wife Annette de la Renta confirmed Monday, complications from his illness had recently worsened. But though he struggled privately with the disease for some time, the last eight years has also brought the world some of de la Renta's best work. It's reported that his business actually doubled during this time, reaping profits of some $150 million, thanks to his dresses gracing the red carpet on A-List actresses like Amy Adams and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Though the Dominican-American fashion designer began his career in the 1950s, he didn't reach international fame until the 1960s, when he began dressing the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy. By the 1980s, he'd become a household name, where he's remained for decades. Today, it's hard for us to remember tuning into a single red-carpet pre-show without hearing his name uttered after the obligatory question, "Who are you wearing?"
When news of the fashion legend's death hit Twitter last night, it wasn't long before a flood of mournful tweets came pouring out. While some openly grieved his loss, others paid tribute with some of de la Renta's own words.
In fact, the very quotable de la Renta was known for leaving a crowd with some very poignant words to consider. Last year at a the designer spoke openly of his cancer, saying, "Yes, I had cancer. 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."