Hillary Clinton Knows Oscar de la Renta is an American Icon


Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton first wore Oscar de la Renta in 1997 for her husband’s presidential inauguration, marking the start of a beautiful friendship. Since then, she’s chosen de la Renta pieces for numerous events: her husband’s second Inaugural Ball in 1997, the cover of Vogue in 1997, and most notably, her daughter Chelsea’s wedding in 2010.

Now she’s showing tribute to her designer of choice. At the urging of former first lady Mrs. Clinton, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is home to a specially curated Oscar de la Renta retrospective, honoring his work and some of the pieces Clinton donned over the years. Andre Leon Tally chose ODLR pieces to showcase at the Oscar de la Renta: An American Icon in the Little Rock, Arkansas space.

“Oscar de la Renta is the ultimate statesman of American fashion,” said Clinton. “His name alone evokes shimmering elegance and timeless beauty that has helped define global style for generations. He is a true American original, and I am honored to call him my friend.”

Now, the speculation that Clinton could be the one to present de la Renta with the Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert on June 3rd at the CFDA Fashion Awards makes sense. Though it isn’t the first time the two attended the event together, Clinton attended with the former CFDA president (back in 1973 and again, in 1986) in 2002.

Women’s Wear Daily is reporting that de la Renta wanted to put the focus on Hillary’s wardrobe, while Clinton wanted the spotlight to be on her friend. The exhibit includes clothing worn by Clinton and Laura Bush. No word whether the dresses that Ann Romney wore to the presidential debates are included. The exhibit hopes to travel to the George W. Bush Library in Texas and the Regan Library in California.

We love it when politics and fashion play nicely together.