The new year is shaping up to be a stylish one for snail-mail lovers nationwide.
Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta will be commemorated in a new line of stamps for 2017, the U.S. Postal Service announced on Wednesday, according to Women’s Wear Daily. The designs are part of a series that will “celebrate the people, events, and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation,” Mary-Anne Penner, director for stamp services at USPS, told WWD. She referred to the stamps as “miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story.”
Before his death in 2014, de la Renta established himself as a giant in the fashion industry. Born in the Dominican Republic, he rose to prominence in the 1960s working for Elizabeth Arden, and then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy became one of his first muses. The designer also worked with the renowned fashion houses Lanvin and Balmain before starting his own label.
Almost as well known as the designer himself was the roster of high-profile women he dressed. He became famous for dressing women in political circles, including Hillary Clinton, Nancy Kissinger (wife of Henry Kissinger), Laura Bush, and Cindy McCain, according to the Washington Post.
He was also a favorite among high-society women and famous entertainers, including Amy Adams, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Penelope Cruz, according to the New York Times. One of his most recent headline-making designs was the white tulle gown Amal Alamuddin wore for her wedding to George Clooney. He was also a darling in the socialite crowd.
In his later years, he settled into a home in Kent, Conn., with his wife, Annette. There, he was very humble about his legacy, according to the Times, saying, “Somebody might ask, ‘What is Oscar de la Renta?’ And you could say, ‘It’s a pretty dress.'” That said, he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and famously called out first lady Michelle Obama for wearing foreign-made clothing. Obama went on to wear de la Renta’s designs publicly at a White House event for fashion students in October 2014 and to a lunch with Queen Elizabeth in April 2016.
The postal series will consist of a pane of 11 stamps — designed by art director Derry Noyes — bearing black-and-white portraits of the late legend, according to WWD. The portraits were done by the artists Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. The stamps will also feature “10 details from several of his famous gowns.” Among the gowns featured on the couture stamps will be a flamenco-style red ruffled frock, the pink-and-gold embroidered gown from his 2013 runway show, according to The Observer, and a floral number from his spring 2015 collection.