Michelle Obama Pays Tribute to Oscar de la Renta

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The first lady calls the designer "a visionary who helped generations of women"

Among the many bold-faced names (Rachel Zoe and Diane von Furstenberg included) who have reflected on Oscar de la Renta's legacy is Michelle Obama, who shared her thoughts following the announcement of the designer's death Monday evening.

"Oscar de la Renta was a pioneer and a visionary who helped generations of women embrace their most beautiful, confident selves," said the first lady in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Obama wore an ODLR-designed dress while hosting the Fashion Education Workshop at the White House earlier this month, a choice that New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman called a big deal since the first lady had never before worn one of his designs during her time at the White House. As if fate would almost have it, Obama donned the cocktail dress from de la Renta's fall 2014 collection just weeks before his passing.

De la Renta's masterpieces have long been worn by previous first ladies, including Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan. And now, we can (happily) add Obama to that list.