Hillary Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Amal Clooney were among the dedicated muses of de la Renta, who carved out a legacy in the fashion industry by shaping the wardrobes of socialites, Hollywood stars and first ladies alike. His path to New York's Seventh Avenue began when he left his native Dominican Republic at age 18 to study painting in Spain, but he was soon sidetracked by fashion after designing a dress for the U.S. Ambassador to Spain's daughter. He helped define American style for four decades before his death on Oct. 20 at age 82. "While our hearts are broken by the idea of life without Oscar, he is still very much with us," two of his company's executives, Alex Bolen and Eliza Bolen, said in a statement.