Wednesday 20 January 2021

Inauguration and fashion symbolism

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with Vice President Elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff gathered on the National Mall in Washington DC for a COVID Memorial honoring and remembering the more than 400,000 American lives lost to the pandemic so far.
Politics from the big stage has always influenced fashion and the developments in society. Symbolic meanings of clothing and prominent leaders, when properly chosen and with the right intentions, can positively contribute to a better world.
One of the signs that the Biden - Harris administration will be different from its predecessor came in the form of Dr. Biden and Kamala Harris’s attire. Dr. Biden chose a purple wrap coat and paneled dress from the fall 2021 collection of Jonathan Cohen, one of a new generation of American designers who is championing sustainability and responsible design. Purple is one of the Suffragettes’ colors, but more poignantly it’s what you get when red and blue are mixed together. The classic camel coat that Harris chose to wear for the occasion was also a mark of solidarity. The piece is by Pyer Moss-founder Kerby Jean-Raymond, the Black designer who led the way in the fashion industry's response to America's Covid-19 crisis.













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