Celebrities and fashionistas say their final farewell to designer Oscar de la Renta in New York City. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
STORY: The fashion world mourned the loss of one of its greatest designers, Oscar de la Renta, at a private funeral on Monday (November 3). The 82-year-old designer died last month after battling cancer. The tall Dominican-born de la Renta dressed New York socialites, Hollywood stars and American first ladies throughout a career that spanned five decades. Guests arriving at the Church of St Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan included American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, designers Michael Kors, Donna Karan and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as actor Hugh Jackman and photographer Annie Leibovitz. Fans and photographers were kept behind police barricades that stretched a city block at the large, imposing church on Park Avenue. De la Renta died at his home in Connecticut on October 20 surrounded by his family, friends and more than a few dogs. As news of his death spread, Hollywood stars and former first ladies, whom he dressed, expressed their condolences. Former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, who wore a plum-colored de la Renta gown to her daughter Chelsea's wedding in 2010 and a beaded gown for an Inaugural Ball, credited de la Renta's exquisite taste for elevating American fashion. Chelsea and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, attended the funeral. Nancy Regan praised him as a fashion legend and Barbara Bush said, "We will always remember him as the man who made women look and feel beautiful." De la Renta's designs were known for their detail, fabrics and embroideries. His classic creations ranged from fitted suits to feminine pastel and floral print dresses, to elaborate, flowing ball gowns that were favorites on the red carpet. Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, Cameron Diaz and Oprah Winfrey chose his gowns for award ceremonies. Most recently, de la Renta created the lace, off-the-shoulder wedding gown worn by London-based human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to actor George Clooney in Venice, Italy.