Oscar de la Renta passed Monday, and we’re looking back at some of the Black women who wore him best.


1. Oscar Leaves His Mark On The Fashion World

The great fashion icon Oscar de la Renta has died at 82. Before his passing October 20, 2014, he designed pieces that will live on in fashion history. Since 1965, his work has been seen wherever influential women are gathered: on runways, red carpets and in real life as he’s dressed women from celebrities to first ladies. Flip through this slideshow to see some of our favorite beauties who have donned his designs.

2. Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was the lady in red at Oscar de le Retna’s 1999 Fall/Winter fashion show.

3. Jennifer Hudson

J-Hud famously wore de la Renta, styled by Andre Leon Talley, for her first appearance at the Oscars where she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Dreamgirls.”

4. Beyonce

Beyonce posed backstage at the designer’s 2005 fashion show in a lemon skirt from his archives.

5. Beyonce

A powerful moment called for a power design! Bey wore a red Oscar de la Renta dress to co-host, along with her husband Jay-Z, a fundraising event for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.

6. Lupita Nyong’o

Oscar knew how to work a runway, and he completely lit up the red carpet with his designs. Here Lupita Nyong’o’s look was on-point in Oscar’s polka dot peplum gown at the 100th Annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

7. Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington was oh-so-pretty in pink and green at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards and the whole audience got to see her beautiful sweeping train as she sashayed up to the podium to accept honors.

8. Rihanna

Rihanna wore a red and white silk organza gown from Oscar de la Renta to receive her 2011 Britt Award honor for Best International Female Artist.

9. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj was giving you haute couture hip-hop in de la Renta’s designs at the 2011 American Music Awards.

10. Oprah Winfrey & Oscar de la Renta

Oprah Winfrey didn’t just wear an Oscar gown to the 2010 Met Gala, she walked the red carpet with the designer himself!

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