You might say the fashion world is in mourning today, after the announcement that Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82. But that would be selling him short: having dressed everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy to Beyonce to Michelle Obama, it’s clear his influence extended well beyond the fashion world.

In a career spanning six decades, de la Renta created countless breathtaking, feminine creations that oozed timeless luxury and red carpet appeal. He passed away yesterday evening having battled with cancer.

As we farewell Oscar de la Renta, here are 12 beautiful gowns we loved from recent years. See them all after the break.

Oscar de la Renta knew how to do perfectly elegant Resort collections. Delicate black lace on nude made this number – from his Resort 2014 collection – stand out.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

Another from Resort 2014, this gown of floor length silk and a gathered floral bodice was darkly beautiful and highly classic.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

Oscar de la Renta Resort 2015 unleashed this gem: a nude frock in a gilded cage studded with gold appliqués.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

A throwback to Oscar de la Renta spring / summer 2012, in which he dabbled in virginal white lace and got it just right.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

This spring 2012 gown was a haze of liquid-like organza enveloping the body, with a sensual cut and jewel-studded belt.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

A caged black bodice and lace gloves were the defining features of this Oscar de la Renta spring / summer 2014 gown, which was yet more proof that the man could give a black dress a unique twist.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

The princess dress of every girl’s fantasy, from Oscar de la Renta’s fall / winter 2012 runway. Delectable pastel blue and a ballet skirt decorated with features and underscored by tulle: what more could one want?

best gowns from oscar de la renta

If the above blue frock was fall / winter 2012’s princess, then this was its queen: a delicate off-shoulder number in soft pink that swirled around the body like icing on an elegant strawberry cupcake.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

As well as his ability to create pure girlish delights, de la Renta could also battle the dark side and come out on top. This gothic beauty was from his fall / winter 2013 collection.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

Sparkling gold bows on subtle petals of sheer neutral fabric, mixed with a plunging neckline and gold metal belt. This creation from Oscar de la Renta fall / winter 2014 was understated beauty at its best.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

With candy pink swirls in their hair, de la Renta’s spring / summer 2013 girls were classic with a quirky modern twist. Meanwhile this particular gown of pink embroidered flowers was pure classic, full stop.

best gowns from oscar de la renta

Oscar de la Renta’s most recent spring 2015 collection brought breathtaking gowns to the New York runway, as did so many seasons before it. This is what a crop top looks like when done the de la Renta way: and isn’t it divinely soft and feminine?

best gowns from oscar de la renta

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