American fashion designers take center stage at US presidential inauguration

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Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN

Contributors Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNNTawanda Scott, CNN

The US fashion industry received a boost of confidence on Inauguration Day as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden attended the day’s events wearing designer looks from the country.

Harris stepped out in a purple dress and coat by Christopher John Rogers of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the 2019 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, Rogers is one of the hottest young black designers today, having dressed former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Rihanna. While Rogers is best known for his use of bold colors and dramatic silhouettes, Harris opted for a more streamlined look, in line with his usual, more minimal sensibilities.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff attend services at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with congressional leaders ahead of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

US President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend services at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with congressional leaders ahead of the inauguration ceremony.

US President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden attend services at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral with congressional leaders ahead of the inauguration ceremony. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff both wore suits by Ralph Lauren, the Bronx-born son of Jewish immigrants who has been the standard-bearer of luxury Americana for more than 40 years.

Jill Biden, meanwhile, wore a blue tweed coat with velvet cuffs and a dress embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls (along with a matching face mask) designed by Colorado-born designer Alexandra O’Neill of the emerging American brand Markarian. “It’s an incredible honor to dress Dr. Biden today. I’m so honored to be making even a small part of American history,” O’Neill said in an email to CNN Style.

Jill Biden on the American label Markarian.

Jill Biden on the American label Markarian. Credit: Jim Lo Scalzo/AFP/Pool/Getty Images

Founded in 2017, the luxury brand, whose high-profile clientele includes Lizzo, Priyanka Chopra and Kate Hudson, works to order in New York’s historic Garment District.

A sketch of Jill Biden's inauguration ensemble by Alexandra O'Neil of Markarian.

A sketch of Jill Biden’s inauguration ensemble by Alexandra O’Neil of Markarian. Credit: Courtesy of Markarian NYC

The fact that the Bidens, along with Harris and Emhof, opted for American designers, could signal a return to an American approach to dressing the White House seen under the Obama administration.

While Melania Trump has shown a preference for established European designers during her four years as First Lady (she left the White House for the last time this morning in a Chanel button-up jacket and Dolce & Gabbana dress), his predecessor, Michelle Obama, often used her platform as an opportunity to champion American talent, from independent designers like Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Thom Browne and Naeem Khan, to more accessible brands like J. Crew.
Barack and Michelle Obama for the 59th presidential inauguration

Barack and Michelle Obama for the 59th presidential inauguration Credit: Patrick Semansky/AP

Purple Reign

Harris wasn’t the only high-profile attendee to opt for purple: Michelle Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton also wore looks in shades of the color by Sergio Hudson and Ralph Lauren respectively.

Hillary Clinton also chose to wear purple on Inauguration Day.

Hillary Clinton also chose to wear purple on Inauguration Day. Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Purple, a combination of Democratic blue and Republican red, has long been considered the color of bipartisanship. It was also one of the official colors of the women’s suffrage movement, symbolizing loyalty to the cause.

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star power

In typical style, Lady Gaga stole the sartorial spotlight as she sang the national anthem in a fitted navy cashmere jacket, accented with a large dove of peace brooch and voluminous red silk-faille skirt.

Lady Gaga arrives to sing the national anthem.

Lady Gaga arrives to sing the national anthem. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A sketch by Daniel Roseberry

A sketch by Daniel Roseberry

The bespoke set is the work of Texan designer Daniel Roseberry for the French house Schiaparelli, of which he has been the artistic director since 2019.

In a statement sent to CNN Style, Roseberry said, “As an American living in Paris, this set is a love letter to the country I miss so much and to a performer whose artistry I have admired for so long. .”

Jennifer Lopez performs at the inauguration in all white.

Jennifer Lopez performs at the inauguration in all white. Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Moments later, Jennifer Lopez, singing a medley of “This Land Is Your Land” and Woody Guthrie’s “America the Beautiful,” revealed her head-to-toe white outfit, another color mark of suffrage. women, carried by Harris to deliver her. vice presidential acceptance speech last November, and by Hillary Clinton in 2016, when she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination.

The color white was also notably worn by Shirley Chisholm in 1968, when she became the first black woman elected to Congress.

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