21 Jan FE: Hope in fashion
“We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.” ~National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman
On Inauguration Day 2021, the White House women chose to elevate American fashion designers of color, underrepresented voices and an American icon. We still saw flair in a scaled-down Inauguration Day ceremony for incoming President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris; elected officials and leaders on stage seized the opportunity to make their fashion statements to showcase their personal style and elevate designers.
As a senator and on the campaign trail, Kamala Harris embraced a signature style that resonated with fashion-forward working women, from her choice of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star sneakers to her ever-present pearl necklaces.
Today, she—along with former First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State/First Lady Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush —all chose to wear various shades of purple. Besides being an obvious nod to the middle-ground between the evocative signature red of the Republican Party and blue of the Democratic Party, the color purple is a nod to the groundbreaking Black Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm, who was both the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first to run for President in 1972, used the color purple throughout her campaign. Wardrobe stylist and author of “The Creatives’ Closet” Monica Barnett told Know Your Value that the color purple has historically been used to signify royalty.
See how: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/fashion-trends/a35269653/why-color-purple-biden-inauguration
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