Private funeral to be held for Oscar de la Renta in New York

Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta will be buried in a private funeral in New York next week.

According to Vogue magazine, a mass for family and close friends will be held on Nov. 3 at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola at Park Avenue in Manhattan, Reuters reported.

The Dominican-born designer, who dressed Hollywood's elite and the first ladies of the United States, died Oct. 22 in his home in Connecticut. He was 82.

During his career spanning more than five decades, de la Renta became known for his sophisticated suits, dresses in pastel colors and flowered prints and elaborate evening gowns.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, one of his favorite actresses to dress, wrote a heartfelt tribute to the designer.

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“This is a man who spent the last 50 years building dresses. He’s singular. And that night I wanted to say thank you and pay tribute to him and convey my gratitude for his work and for the personal relationship he allowed me to have with him,” she wrote.

One of de la Renta’s most recent creations was the lace, off-the-shoulder wedding gown worn by Amal Alamuddin for her September wedding to actor George Clooney in Venice, Italy.

A private mass for the famed designer was held in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday. Flags were also flown at half-mast during a national day of mourning last week.

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