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The Associated Press

Hillary Clinton speaks during an unveiling postage stamps honoring the late fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in New York on Thursday.

AFP-Jiji NEW YORK (AFP-Jiji) — Hillary Clinton delivered a defense of immigration at a ceremony honoring the late Dominican-born designer Oscar de la Renta on Thursday, earning a standing ovation from fashion watchers.

The event unveiled 11 U.S. Postal Service stamps to commemorate de la Renta, who died in October 2014, at the end of a New York fashion week striking for its virulent opposition to President Donald Trump.

De la Renta moved to New York in the 1960s, his elegant and glamorous clothes coming to define American fashion for five decades, dressing generations of first ladies and creating a multi-million-dollar fashion house.

“Oscar de la Renta was an immigrant,” said Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee in a rare speech since her loss to Trump last November.

“And aren’t we proud and grateful that he was,” she said to cheers from the well-heeled audience that included members of high society and the designer Ralph Lauren, whose parents were also immigrants.

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