Oscar de la Renta to Design Hillary Clinton's Inaugural Gown

Posted on January 15, 2009

Photo of Hillary ClintonOscar de la Renta has designed Hillary Clinton's inaugural gown. Oscar dished about the gown, and how he and Hillary have gone back and forth over the years about her reluctance to wear a revealing neckline.
[T]he revered designer sat down to chat with Barbara Walters on Sirius Radio to discuss the looks that he has created for Secretary of State-designate Clinton. De la Renta says she will be "wearing a very, very beautiful dress…pink and grey with this beautiful embroidery." Oscar continues on to say that he "love[s] Hillary," but they do fight about her revealing more skin. "You know, Hillary, in a sense, is sort of very prudish about the type of clothes she likes to wear and you know from the waist up she really looks great. She feels very uncomfortable about wearing revealing kind[s] of clothes, and so we are always fighting about the neckline. I do remember one time, we were at a party at the Metropolitan Museum and she was wearing, for the first time, something very, very open and then all of sudden she arrived with a big, huge shawl over her shoulder. And I kept pulling the shawl down, and [she] kept pulling it up because she felt uncomfortable about showing her shoulders."

In addition to her gown, Oscar also created a royal blue day look for Clinton. As for Michelle Obama, the designer has nothing but praise for her. "I think Michelle Obama is a woman of the 21st century and she's a very good looking lady. I think she's going to be an extraordinary first lady, you know."
The story about the shawl is pretty funny. Hillary is really smart: she knows that if she wears something too revealing her critics will use it against her. Women politicians have a hard time of it. We remember Condoleezza Rice telling Oprah that she has mirrors in her office to help her double check to make sure she doesn't have toilet paper on her shoe or something, because the photographers were always lying in wait for her. Oscar clearly just wants Hillary to look fabulous, and we can't wait to see her gown. Pale pink is a great color on Hillary.

As for what Michelle's gown looks like, no one's talking. Clearly, Homeland Security has the design locked in a vault or something. It's a closely guarded secret.

Photo: Hillary Clinton