Get the Scoop on Hillary Clinton's Oscar de la Renta Dress for Chelsea's Wedding
08/02/2010 - 11:40 ||
When former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton married her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky this Saturday, the bride wasn't the only one who looked radiant in her dress. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was stunning in a custom gown by Oscar de la Renta.
The Dominican designer, who is a long-time friend of Clinton and often dresses her for formal events, created a raspberry degrade embroidered silk gazar gown. The deep, rich shade of Clinton's mother of the bride dress complimented her daughter's sparkly Vera Wang gown.
In the past, De la Renta has decked Clinton in flattering gowns for events like President Obama's inauguration—one was a pink and grey embroidered dress and the other, a royal blue gown that Clinton wore to the daytime inaugural events. In an interview with Barbara Walters, the designer revealed the one area where he and Mrs. Clinton have had bumps in their sartorial road. "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," he said. "She feels very uncomfortable about wearing revealing kind[s] of clothes, and so we are always fighting about the neckline." De la Renta cited an instance in which he designed a dress for Mrs. Clinton to wear to a Metropolitan Museum party, and she arrived with a shawl draped over it. "I kept pulling the shawl down, and [she] kept pulling it up because she felt uncomfortable about showing her shoulders."
(Notice that in Mrs. Clinton's gown for Chelsea's wedding, her shoulders are draped in a thin, chiffon fabric that's attached to what could otherwise be a strapless dress. A diplomatic compromise.)