In case you needed one more reason to look forward to the New Year, in 2017 you'll be able to send and receive mail featuring a stamp adorned with the iconic works of Oscar de la Renta. The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will be celebrating the late designer, who passed away in 2014, by featuring him and his designs in a special-edition pane of stamps, part of its new series celebrating the people and cultural milestones that have shaped America's history.
De la Renta's career cemented him as one of America's most iconic fashion designers. He became especially embedded in the nation's historical fabric by becoming a favorite of former first ladies Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and most recently Michelle Obama. The 11 stamps feature close-ups of his signature designs—tightly cropped shots of voluminous taffeta and ornate florals in a bold array of color bursts. In addition to the detailed shots of his designs, the set includes a photographed portrait of Oscar de la Renta shot by Inez and Vinoodh.
It's not often that we witness fashion designers celebrated on such a platform, and it's a beautiful homage to his artistry and work. As we begin the New Year with thoughts of resolutions, there's never been a better excuse to take a break from technology to pen a handwritten letter.
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