The official Oscar de la Renta United States Postal Service stamps have been unveiled.
The Commemorative Forever Stamps went on sale on Thursday (16Feb17), with Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour and revered businessman Michael Bloomberg all sharing stories of the late designer at the launch event in New York’s Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.
The trio regaled the audience with tales of their close friend, who passed away at the age of 82 in 2014.
“I had bought this dress off the rack and Oscar and (wife) Annette were among the guests,” Clinton began of her first encounter with the fashion star at the White House in 1993.
“Oscar goes through the receiving line. As I’m shaking his hand and welcoming him to the White House, he says, ‘That’s my dress.’ I said, ‘Yes, it is.’ He said, ‘Where did you get it?’ I told him. He said, ‘Well, I’m calling you tomorrow.’ And he did.”
She also spoke about the tour de la Renta gave her of the orphanage he started in his home country, Dominican Republic. The designer showed her around after Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
“Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant, as Mike Bloomberg has said, and aren’t we proud and grateful that he was?” she exclaimed.
“He gave up his heart and his soul to make sure that his example would live on. What a fitting person to be chosen by our Postal Service, mentioned, by the way, in the Constitution, something we should all read and reread in today’s times, and its choice of this immigrant, who did so much for our country, his country, truly is what it means when we say, USA forever (the slogan marked on corner of the stamps) Who we are, what we stand for. And let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day.”
Meanwhile, Wintour told the crowd she “admired and adored” him, and knows de la Renta would have loved the stamps.