You can now own an Oscar de la Renta dress for less than 50 cents

A handwritten letter is elegant, tasteful, and even romantic in spirit. The same can be said of the extravagant designs crafted by fashion icon Oscar de la Renta through his six-decade career. So it's fitting that the U.S. Postal Service has paid tribute to the designer—who passed away in 2014—with a series of commemorative Forever stamps that add a dash of chic to your mailbox.

The collection, which launched February 16, includes a pane of 11 stamps. Ten showcase details, such as embroidered botanicals, ruffled taffeta, and bejeweled silk, of de la Renta's most unforgettable dresses, and the 11th stamp features a black-and-white portrait of the designer himself, photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. "It captures Oscar's spirit, despite the fact that it is a black-and-white photo," said Alexander Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta, in a statement. "Oscar was in no way, shape, or form black and white; he was Technicolor all day long."

Oscar de la Renta honored with forever stamps
Oscar de la Renta honored with forever stamps

To celebrate the series' launch, the fashion house hosted a ceremony at New York's Grand Central Station, with a guest list that included several of de la Renta's dearest friends. Hillary Clinton, Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg were all in attendance and shared memories of de la Renta that not only captured the nature of his sophisticated sense of style but also his joyful spirit. "Oscar was an extraordinary communicator," said Wintour, after she jokingly remarked that she never knew de la Renta to write a letter. "I know that he would have loved these stamps. He delighted in color and in pattern, in refinement and in fit. And his designs reflected his personality: optimistic, fun, sunny, and romantic."

Like Wintour, Clinton also shared her personal accounts of the late designer, as well as stories that carried a stronger political message. "Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant, and aren't we proud and grateful that he was," she said. "In the corner of these striking stamps, it says 'USA forever.' He gave up his heart and his soul to make sure that his example would live on. Let there be many, many more immigrants with the love of America that Oscar de la Renta exemplified every single day."

Oscar de la Renta Forever stamps and other keepsakes are available for purchase at, with prices ranging from $5.40 to $48.50.

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Photo: Courtesy of the United States Postal Service