Oscar de la Renta was known for being a designer to first families, and the Clintons were no exception.
The famous designer – who died at 82 on Monday – designed a number of dresses for the former first lady, including her 1997 gold lace inaugural dress and a plum gown she wore to her daughter’s 2010 wedding.
Early on Tuesday, the Clintons remembered de la Renta as a “singular talent” whose “exquisite taste elevated American fashion.”
“Oscar’s remarkable eye was matched only by his generous heart,” said a statement from Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky. “His legacy of philanthropy extended from children in his home country who now have access to education and healthcare, to some of New York’s finest artists whose creativity has been sustained through his support.”
The Clintons were also personally close with de la Renta. In their statement, the family said they “will always be grateful to Oscar for the love he showed us” and “will never forget the joy, adventure, and beauty we shared with Oscar.”
De la Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic and launched his fashion career in the 1960s, also displayed his work at the Clinton Library in Little Rock during a temporary exhibit in 2013.
Just as effusive as the Clintons were for de la Renta in death, the designer was an outspoken supporter of the Clintons, especially Hillary.
At an April speech honoring de la Renta, Clinton said, “This man has been working for more than 20 years to turn me into a fashion icon. Year in and year out, he’s never given up.”
De la Renta responded to Clinton in the speech with this: “My beloved Hillary, do not disappoint me. You have to be President, okay?”