Hillary Clinton thanks Ralph Lauren at 50th anniversary show
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE thanked fashion designer Ralph Lauren on Friday at his 50th anniversary show for providing designs for her during her 2016 presidential campaign.

Lauren designed outfits for Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, including a white "suffragette" pantsuit she wore to accept the Democratic Party's nomination in Philadelphia. 


“I love his clothes,” Clinton said at the Manhattan gala, according to The Associated Press. “You know he really was so generous and kind to help with all of my clothes during the campaign.”

Clinton described how the two became friends following Lauren's work to conserve the American flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

“Ralph came forward and funded the conservation and restoration of the star-spangled banner,” she told the outlet. “[A]nd he and I were able to be there years later to once again put it on display and have it properly taken care of. His help made that happen. And we just became friends.”

The gala featured other celebrity guests including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Kanye West. Winfrey was selected to toast Lauren at the dinner, according to the AP, during which the TV host thanked Lauren for "50 years of your designing our dreams.”

“Your story exalts our collective story,” Winfrey added. “Your designs define integrity.”

Winfrey was once floated as a possible contender for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination following a speech she gave last year in support of the #MeToo and #Time'sUp movements. The speech quickly went viral and was met with widespread support.

The host sought to put an end to that speculation in February during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, telling Kimmel that she is "definitely not" running for president.

"I am definitely not running for president," she said at the time, to boos from the audience. "You give a speech and then you sit down and you have, surprisingly, started running for president."