Hillary Clinton Honors Oscar De La Renta, Immigrants at Stamp Ceremony

Hillary Clinton Honors Oscar De La Renta, Immigrants at Stamp Ceremony

"Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant—and aren't we proud and grateful that he was?"

"Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant—and aren't we proud and grateful that he was?"

Text: Jake Viswanath

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton rose from the ashes and gave her first speech open to the public at New York’s Grand Central Station. The Democratic Presidential candidate honored her late friend Oscar de la Renta at a ceremony which launched U.S. Postal Service stamps commemorating the designer, shot by Inez and Vindoodh, and reminded us of the important contributions from immigrants which shaped America as a whole.

Clinton kept her words mostly personal and sentimental, reminiscing about the first time she met the legendary designer at the Kennedy Center Honors during her husband's first term as President. She bought a dress off the rack to wear that night.

"So Oscar goes through the receiving line, and 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.” This moment began a long and rewarding friendship between the two, as de la Renta helped her campaign during her run for U.S. Senator while she continued to wear his designs wherever she could.

But segments of the speech saw Clinton get political as she celebrated de la Renta’s influence as an immigrant and how it tied into the design of the stamps, which saw the slogan “USA Forever” embedded alongside portraits of the designer. "What a fitting person to be chosen by our Postal Service—mentioned, by the way, in the constitution, something we should all read and re-read in today's times,” she said, expertly poking at Trump in the process.

”Its the choice of this immigrant who did so much for our country—his country—truly is what it means when we say 'USA Forever.' 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.”

The event also featured speeches from former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, recalling de la Renta as a trusted confidant and innovative designer. The U.S. Postal Service’s choice to commemorate him is inspired considering his timeless designs, influence on fellow designers, and the current political climate toward immigrants, and no one was more fit to highlight these qualities than his close friend and political figure Clinton.

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