lil’ kim photographed by timothy white for essence magazine (2000).

it took a team of three 12 hours to create this look by pasting thousands of swarovski crystals on double-sided tape and then placing them on kim’s petite frame. popping the crystals off wasn’t as painless as the application: behind the curtain, kim jokingly squealed “you said this wasn’t going to hurt!”

Celebrating Oscar de la Renta through the Decades

We’re taking a moment to remember the evening wear pioneer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away yesterday at the age of 82. He truly set the tone for designers with sophistication and elegance, dressing history’s biggest fashion icons, from Jackie Kennedy to Sarah Jessica Parker. His presence will be forever missed.

Scroll down to see some of the designer’s most memorable milestones from almost 50 years as a fashion designer.

Pic by Irving Penn, Vogue, 1982.

The designer with actress Audrey Hepburn, 1987.

Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington at his Spring 1994 show.

Sarah Jessica Parker in an Oscar de la Renta dress in a “Sex And The City” episode, 2003.

With Vogue Editor Anna Wintour at his Fall 2006 show.

Kate Moss wearing Oscar de la Renta in the August 2011 issue of Vogue, shot by Mario Testino.

Karlie Kloss in the final look at his Spring show.

Oscar de la Renta takes a bow at the end of his Fall 2013 show with Karlie Kloss and Magdalena Frackowiak.

George Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin at a final fitting, with Oscar de la Renta. Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, October 2014.

Taking his bow at his final show with Karlie Kloss and Daria Strokous, Spring 2015.