Sarah Jessica Parker was honored to have worked with the late Oscar de la Renta. The fashionable actress, who was a dear friend of the designer, tells Us Weekly in a statement that it was a “privilege” to be able to wear his designs.
“It was an enormous privilege to be dressed by Mr. de la Renta for so many occasions over the last 15 years,” the Sex and the City alum wrote. “And especially meaningful to collaborate with him for this year’s Met Gala. I will always be grateful that he allowed me to honor him by embroidering his name in Scarlett on the hem of his glorious dress. He was an inspiration and a man like no other.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair following the 2014 Met Ball, Parker admitted that stitching the famed designer’s name across the train of her dress was something de la Renta would never do because of his sincere classiness. “I said to Mr. de la Renta, ‘Please let me use scarlet embroidery thread and splash your name across the back,'” she told the mag. “It was my idea. He would never in a million years have done it; he’s far too modest.”
The actress paid homage to the designer on Sex and the City, as well, most notably when her character Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov) mentioned his friendship with the designer and she humorously replied: “Oscar? You…you call him Oscar?”
SJP wore de la Renta to numerous events, including the 2000 Emmys, where she rocked a pink feathered ensemble still talked about today.