Oscar de la Renta to be Featured on U.S. Postage Stamps The Late Designer Will be Featured on One of the Eleven Stamps; The Rest Will Include His Designs

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Oscar de la Renta Stamps

Oscar de la Renta Stamps

Oscar de la Renta is part of the U.S. Postal Service’s lineup of several series of stamps for 2017.  Mary-Anne Penner, director for stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service, said, “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.” She described the new stamps as part of a showcase of “miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story.”

For the postal series, the pane of 11 stamps features a black-and-white portrait of the designer which was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin as well as 10 details from several of his famous gowns. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps, the U.S. Postal Service said.

One of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years,  De la Renta dressed many of America’s First Ladies and Hollywood celebrities.

De la Renta, who was born on July 22, 1931 in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, passed away at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer. He was known for his ability to make women look beautiful no doubt stemming from his early days at Elizabeth Arden in the Sixties through the last three decades of the 20th Century and well into the second decade of the 21st. Romantic, glamorous styles were his signature: tastefully extravagant, with Parisian influence and an undercurrent of Latin pizazz. (Excerpted from Women’s Wear Daily)

At the time of his passing, Donatella Versace in her tribute called him “American fashion royalty.”

Glorious Giverny Garden | Zang Toi S/S 2017 Show An Oasis of Lilac and Violet

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Zang Toi S/S 2017

On Tuesday, September 13th, at the request of the designer, I was privileged to attend Zang Toi’s runway show at Pier 59 as part of New York Fashion Week in New York City.  It was an extraordinary show!  Titled “Glorious Giverny Garden”, this collection was most stunning.  While I am including numerous photographs with this blog post, they do not show the depth of the incredible beauty of this collection that I experienced seeing in person. Mr. Toi use of lilacs and violets alongside more muted colors brought out the brilliance that is Claude Monet’s wondrous Giverny.  Zang Toi’s inspiration for this collection, Giverny, did not deviate from each piece as each one was connected to his muse in some way.  The beauty of this collection brought me to tears.  Artists like Zang Toi are able to move you with their craft and I felt that I was in the presence of greatness.

Zang Toi S/S 2017

Photo by Eka Halim

Zang Toi S/S 2017

Photo by Eka Halim

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