Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta was known for pioneering American glamour in his four-decade career before his death in 2014. And next year he’ll be honored by the U.S. Postal Service on a series of specially designed stamps that are truly as glamorous as his gowns. (Seriously: if you don’t collect stamps now, you may want to take up the hobby in 2017!)
This week, the Postal Service announced a lineup of 11 stamps in honor of the designer. One will feature a black-and-white photo of de la Renta (shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin) and the remaining 10 will feature detailed shots of his most famous works (designed by art director Derry Noyes). The mix consists of some of brightly colored floral prints and ruffled hems of his iconic gowns.
“The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation,” Mary-Anne Penner, the director of stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service, told WWD.
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The designer died in 2014 at age 82 after a long battle with cancer. But all throughout his career (and still to this day), his gowns have been staples on the red carpet thanks to their romantic styles — and the people who favorite them. He’s dressed everyone from socialites and Hollywood stars to a slew of first ladies; his most memorable White House looks were Laura Bush’s blue gown for the 2005 inaugural ball, Nancy Reagan’s bright red gown to the President’s Dinner in 1988 and Michelle Obama’s printed blue gown for the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors.
What do you think of the de la Renta stamps?