Hillary Clinton, Anna Wintour Honor Oscar de la Renta at USPS Commemorative Stamp Ceremony
McCanners attended client USPS's event honoring the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall, where 11 Forever® stamps were unveiled in his honor. The illustrious lineup of speakers included Hillary Clinton, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vogue editor-in-chief and fashion icon Anna Wintour, among others. Anderson Cooper emceed the event.
It was a full house as the speakers took to the stage to share anecdotes and memories of de la Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic in 1932 and emigrated to the United States. Many of the speakers took the opportunity to extol the contributions of immigrants to American culture and way of life.
Bloomberg admitted that his first thought at being invited to such a fashionable event was wardrobe choice. Specifically, which dark blue suit he should wear. He spoke about de la Renta’s kindness, generosity and sense of humor, and called him an inspiration to the city’s Dominican community. He said we must all recognize the “extraordinary contribution immigrants make to our city and our country every single day.”
Wintour shared memories from her visits to de la Renta’s house in Punta Cana over the years. She called him a guardian to her children, a mentor to her, and “a part of the fabric of my life.” As she welcomed Clinton to the stage, she said, “I know Hilary misses him as much as I do.”
Clinton, wearing a hot pink pantsuit, received a standing ovation as she approached the podium. She described her close friendship with de la Renta and said her best memories of him are the ones out of the public eye. She recalled a visit to an orphanage he opened in the Dominican Republic and how he talked about those children as if every one of them was his own. The audience erupted in support as she segued into a discussion of the important role de la Renta played as an immigrant in the U.S. "Oscar was an immigrant, and aren’t we proud and grateful that he was?” she asked. She pointed out the “USA Forever” language on the corner of the newly unveiled stamps and said, “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. 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’."
McCanners were thrilled to be invited to the event. Account Supervisor Christina Rizzo said, “Today’s unveiling of the Oscar de la Renta USPS stamp collection was incredible! He’s a true testament to the brilliance of American immigrants and I was thrilled to see Hillary Clinton highlight this and his amazing legacy in her speech.”
The new Oscar de la Renta Forever® stamps join this month’s stamp dedications to President John F. Kennedy, commemorating the centennial of his birth, and Women’s Rights legend Dorothy Height as USPS’s newest addition to its Black Heritage Stamp Series.
Read more about the stamp dedication ceremony here: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_008.htm