Oscar de la Renta Reveals Hillary Clinton's Inaugural Outfit -- and Her Modesty Issues!

01/15/2009 at 06:18 PM ET

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Oscar de la Renta dressed both Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush for inaugural gowns, but with mums the word on who will be dressing the ever-stylish Michelle Obama for the big night, the 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.”

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DB on

I never noticed before….but Hillary looks a lot like that red haired puppet with the freckles and the bandanna …..can’t remember his name! LOL

monicha on

I loves my goil miss hil, whatever she wears she rocks it but with that said I do agree with Mr De Renta, miss hil can a bity too much prudish and she does need too show more skin and also needs a whole make over look and major over haul,
loves ya miss hil
your number one fan
Monicha

Mia on

Do you mean Hodie Doodie?

Mia on

ooops…..I mean Howdy Doody

Shyver on

I think he ment Lady Elain from Mr Rogers.

But I do love that Hillary.

janet kreindel on

I am sure Hillary Clinton will look like the woman of class and decorum that she is. Mr. delaRenta is the perfect choice–his designs are elegant and timeless. That Howdy Doodie remark is ridiculous, by the way. You wish that you had Mrs. Clinton’s intelligence and capabiilities. You will always get my vote, Secretary Clinton!

ct on

I bet DB is a fat ugly lazy person who is trying to complete her GED. Jealous I see of a smart independent tough woman who is in her 60s and looks great. Get a life and look luck finishing high school.

Sheryl on

That would be HOWDY DOODY! :-)

Sharon K on

Mrs. Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,
You have earned the Right to Wear What So Ever in this World You Would like to WEAR at Any and Every Price.. You Go Girl and WEAR What MAKES YOU HAPPY!! It is All About YOU.. Love You Lady, From One Sister to Another.. Bump The NEGATIVITY People.. SHE IS A HEAVENLY SENT STAR!! Ms.SK

me on

I love Mrs. Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is my rock!!! very smart and strong lady in the world. I pround for her and all other women, singer mom and working mom and girls that working hard to have a better life….

lilkunta on

HIlary should grow her hair long.Her short hair aint nice @ all.

DB on

My such hostility…I meant no harm but then again…I have little respect for a woman who would keep a man that has dishonored her with several different women. I feel sorry for someone who would make such a personal attack on someone they do not know anything about! I do hope you get some help for that anger issue. Peace be with you!

susie on

no she looks more like bucky beaver, not howdy doody

Sharon K on

OLD NEWS.. Well addressing the person who has a Problem with Mrs. Bill Clinton and Her Vow that she made to God Remember this part of the VOW: For BETTER Or WORSE…I HOLD MRS. CLINTON TO THE HIGHEST AND OUR HIGHEST HEAVENLY FATHER THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS THANKS HER FOR SETTING THE PERFECT and EXCELLENCE, IN AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE QUICK TO GET MARRIED THEN RUN TO DIVORCE COURT THE MINUTE THINGS GET BAD.. NOW I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT THIS SUBJECT.. BUT SHE SET THE EXAMPLE FOR ALL MEN AND WOMEN THAT THIS IS WHAT FOR BETTER OR WORSE MEANS.. YOU STAND BY YOUR MAN OR WOMAN THAT YOU MADE THAT VOW TO BEFORE GOD GOD GOD (THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS) NOT YOU YOU OR YOU.. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE HER AND SHES ROLLING IN PLATINUM NOW WITH GOD JUST FOR STANDING BY HER VOW TO HIM GOD.. (NOT BILL)…OKKKKK..SHE’S BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED SO GET OVER IT.. ENJOY THE RIDE… FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW.. PERFECT EXAMPLE SISTER CLINTON I LOVE YOU FOR THAT.. SHOW THEM WHAT THE VOWS MEAN…OWWWW PEOPLE AND THERE LITTLE BITTY PITTY WORLD..HERES MY LAST BIT OF ADVICE.. DONT GET MARRIED IF YOU CANT STAND THE HEAT OF THE WORSE.. BECAUSE THE WORSE WILL HAPPEN ITS LIFE..QUIT MAKING ATTORNEYS RICH RUNNING FOR A DIVORCE BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU GONE LEAVE AS SOON AS THE BETTER STOPS.. MARRIAGE IS SACRED.. DONT GET SO CAUGHT UP IN THE WORLD THAT YOU FORGET YOUR FINAL DESTINATION IS TO LIVE TO PLEASE GOD…TO MAKE TO HEAVEN.. HILLARY HAS SCORED MAJOR POINTS WITH GOD.. DON;T HATE APPRECIATE.. SOMEONE HAS THE GUTTS TO WITH STAND THE PAIN.. YOU GOT TO GIVE HER HER PROPS.. IF YOUR WEAK UR WEAK BUT YOU GOT TO GIVE THE WOMAN HER [PROPS… SHES GOT IT GOING ON THERE..SO MANY OF YOU WOULD HAVE TOOK THE MONEY AND RAN..PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

Seriously? on

Ummm…I’m as anti-Hilary as they come…but I don’t mean this in a harsh way: who, really, wants to see MORE of Mrs. Clinton?

Seriously??

It totally makes sense for her to cover up. It’s the one thing I’ll give her kudos for. Three cheers for modesty!

Sharon K on

For all that are STILL CAUGHT UP WITH L@@KS.. Let me give you a little advice too.. God Doesn’t Care What You Look Like or how much money You Got.. Drop The In-Securities Women.. You All Haven’t Figured it Out Yet.. Whether Your Young or Old.. You Have to Stop this Kind of Madness Its Olddddd news So Rotten it Stinks BAD.. Women are doing it all i mean EVERYTHING.. Heck I’m a Truck Driver for 9 years now.. YES TRACTOR TRAILER..18 WHEELER.. SEMI…. Ladies Were flying Planes, olympic stars, engineers,Driving Trains and the list goes on..PLEASEEE ROLL WITH IT OR GET ROLLED OVER.. we have proved everything they can do we can do.. And theyre still yet to catch us.. Cause they cant have a babies.. though they are trying..LOL.. And the ones worried about Looks are what’s going to keep you in this little bitty world you live in.. ITS NOT ABOUT NO L@@KS..FREE YOUR MIND AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW.. AND BY ALL MEANS IF I HAVE OFFENDED ANYONE I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE..THIS COUNTRY AND MANY HAVE ALLOWED US AS A WOMEN TO BE TREATED AS HUMAN BEINGS PLEASE DONT KEEP OUR YOUNG DAUGHTERS IN THIS NEGATIVE L@@KS MINDSET.. LIFT OUR GIRLS AND WOMEN UP ALWAYS!!! AND I STILL SAY SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESIDENT… LOVE YOU HILLARY!!

Sharon K on

So You keep living in Your Past and Ms. Seriously, Worried about the way another Woman Looks and We’ll Keep Rolling Right Over You!! Your In My Prayers!!! Showers of Blessings.

Um on

Sharon K, did you watch Oprah today? You need some hormone therapy. Settle down, girl! I’m for Hilary covering it up a little. There comes an age when you don’t need to show it. I say she is using good judgement that is in alignment with her professional position in this country. She can look elegant, professional, and classy, without spilling out of her dress. That, my friends, is why people respect her, and is why she was named Secretary of State.

Sharon K on

Um, As I stated earlier Mrs. Clinton can wear whatever she wants to wear. Rather that be showing it all or covering it all up.. Its Up to her Not Us not any of Us…. And I quit watching Oprah Years ago..I Secondly don’t need Oprahs Shrinks screwing up me as there doing so many women.. Good Heavens We Just Have No Minds of Our On Anymore Do We???..My Hormones are Just Fine Um.. Ask My Husband…He Loves Them.. And He and God are Certainly all that matters to me in that area anyway..lol.. OK OK You People are to serious for me.. I’m Truly to Advancedd for this Arena.. SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!!

Sharon K on

Ohhhhhhh and Um.. Now I do agree with you that there does come a age when we simply just cant wear everything anymore and we should be a bit more selective.. HOWEVER What you or any other woman puts on her body is for HER (The one thats wearing it).. And If that makes her feel good If that lifts her spirit.. ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS YOU GO GIRL.. YOU ARE WEARING THAT TO DEATH AND LOOK LIKE DEATH BUT IF THATS WHAT MAKES MY SISTER HAPPY I SAY DO IT TO DEATH..Thats all I’m Saying.. You Don’t need no therapy to lift you up.. God gave us the lift our selves up.. Dont take Me Too Serious, like I said I ain’t trying to hurt NOBodies Feelings.. We Just need to say what ever is on our minds and lift somebodies spirits everyday.. Hallelujah!! Good Night Ladies and Gents..I Feel Good!!I KNEW THAT I WOULD.. Ya’ll know that song??.. Thats The Late James Brown.. Love that Song.. It Spells POSITIVE!!

jl on

Whatever Hillary wears, one thing is for sure, she’ll look classy. Modesty is underrated!

Jon on

Interesting.

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Lin on

I am also a fan of Madam Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. I was hoping she would be the next president, but I now support President Obama. I think Hillary is quite beautiful. I think she dresses beautifully, and a little prudish dressing is fine. Lets not forget she is 61 years of age. I am also that age and would feel uncomfortable showing to much skin. When I was 30 it was fine, but not now. Hillary is a icon and I am so proud of the way she makes women our age feel so important and beautiful. I heard B Walters make comments on Hillary’s bottom half of her body. I think Walters is just envious and it is not attractive. Hillary is fine. I hope we can actually see her on Tuesday night.

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Allen on

Hillary you ROCK! It should have been you up there, instead of obama. To bad our country is so sexist against women. Now we are stuck with some inexperienced dingbat, for 4 years.

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nazirmo on

Clinton looks good in whatever she wears. The most important thing for her will be to impress to all Americans just how well she does as the new Secretary of State. I am sure she has the intelligence to function well. It is a tough job.

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James Cherry on

I am a huge fan of Hillary Clinton and when she is made up she really looks good. But, that is not often enough. She really needs a make-over and maybe some plastic surgery or botox etc. She also needs a hair style that is easy for her to manage. Her hair is sometimes to long in the back and sides and too thick. She definitely looks better when it is short and neatly pulled back on the sides. The front looks good when it is parted on the side with some height. And she needs to keep the grey colored, I do like the highlights.

XAN on

Где-то я уже нечто то же самое читал, причём буквально слово в слово… :)

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