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From First Ladies to the Red Carpet: See Oscar de la Renta’s Iconic Looks

From first ladies to A-list celebrities, designer Oscar de la Renta’s creations have been at the forefront of fashion for half a century.

From first ladies to A-list celebrities, designer Oscar de la Renta’s creations have been at the forefront of fashion for half a century. Born in the Dominican Republic, de la Renta began his career working for Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish couturier, before breaking off on his own in 1967 and launching his own line. De la Renta went on to dress every first lady since Jacqueline Kennedy, an abundance of celebrities and most recently, Alma Alamuddin, George Clooney’s wife.

In the wake of de la Renta’s death on Monday, here is a look at some of his most iconic designs.

In the photo above, first lady Jackie Kennedy wears a fitted silk apricot dress and triple strand of pearls, walking through crowds at Udaipur during visit to India on March 1, 1962.

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Designer Oscar de la Renta and Oprah attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the "American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 in New York City.

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Sarah Jessica Parker attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in New York on May 5, 2014. The designer, who died Monday, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers.

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Then President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, listen to members of the Isley Brothers group singing at the National Building Museum during Clinton's inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 1997. Clinton was sworn in earlier same day for a second term as president of the United States.

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Amy Adams, best supporting actress nominee for her role in "The Master," has her Oscar de la Renta dress adjusted by an assistant as she arrives at the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2013.

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Nancy Reagan, decked out in red lace dress and gold earrings and necklace set, appears at the president's dinner for Reagan's endorsement of George H. W. Bush's candidacy on May 11, 1988.

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Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Actress Cameron Diaz wears a dress by Oscar de la Renta during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on March 7, 2010.

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Then President George W. Bush waves as he arrives with first lady Laura Bush at the Liberty Ball inside the Washington Convention Center as part of the inaugural festivities on Jan. 20, 2005 in Washington, DC.

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Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, left, and Daria Strokous, right, after his Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 9, 2014

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Newlyweds George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, pictured on the cover of last week's People magazine. Alamuddin wore a custom Oscar de la Renta French lace wedding gown, hand-embroidered with pearls and diamanté accents featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and a full circular train, according to People.