Kamala Harris's historic inauguration attire designed by two Black designers
(Sourced from PTI)
Kamala Harris on Wednesday opted to wear a dress designed by two Black designers for her historic inauguration as the first woman, first Black and first Indian-American Vice-President of the United States. In opting to wear the dress designed by Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson, Harris has sent her message to the country that Black designers have arrived on the scene.
Her husband and the Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff wore a Ralph Lauren suit. President-elect Joe Biden wore a navy suit and navy overcoat by the American designer.
Rogers who is a young Black designer, from Baton Rouge, has sold made-to-order designs from his Brooklyn studio since 2016, according to Forbes. In 2020, his eponymous label was sold in stores-including Net-A-Porter and Forty-Five Ten-for the first time. Winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, he has already dressed Michelle Obama, Lizzo, Rihanna, and Cardi B in the past.
Hudson, who is from South Carolina, is determined to prove that Southern designers have what it takes to succeed in the fashion industry. Hudson hates over-embellishments and believes that his strongest skill is constructing structured, but feminine pieces. He is currently working on the second collection of his namesake women's line, The Sergio Hudson woman is a vision of a lifestyle.
Harris, the 49th US Vice President, will serve as the deputy of President Joe Biden, 78, who also took the oath of office, becoming the 46th US President. She took over the office from 61-year-old Mike Pence. Biden succeeded President Donald Trump, 74. In her first tweet as Vice President from her official Twitter handle, she said: "Ready to serve."
The event was held under the unprecedented security umbrella of over 25,000 National Guards, who transformed the capital into a garrison city, mainly because of the threat of more violent protests by Trump supporters. The ceremony was attended by former presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush, and Bill Clinton. Former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton also attended the event.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina member of the Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to Harris. She was sworn in on one Bible that belonged to a close family friend and another that belonged to Thurgood Marshall, USA's first African-American Supreme Court Justice.