Vice President Kamala Harris is sending an effective message with the dazzling purple coat and matching gown she is wearing for her swearing-in at today’s inaugural ceremony. On the historic occasion of her becoming the first female and very first Black and South Asian vice president in our nation’s history, she picked a full appearance by the 2020 CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year, Christopher John Rogers, accented with pearls by Puerto Rican-American designer Wilfredo Rosado.
Rogers, who is young, Black, and queer, is an increasing star in American fashion. The 27- year-old, who founded his New York label in 2016, was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and studied fashion at the Savannah College of Art and Style.
Responding to criticisms about his strong, vibrant design, Rogers informed NPR, “I don’t think that using hot pink and ruffles or intense yellow, or an actually intense blue in shapes that take up space make you any less intelligent.” He continued, “I don’t think that the way that you dress need to make you sacrifice your personality, or your point of view, or always say anything about your intelligence.”
Rogers draws motivation for his color-drenched styles from his training in the Southern Baptist church where he established a deep adoration of the attention to information that entered into monochromatically coordinated ensembles. Much of the grassroots organizing that won the election came out of such spaces.
The purple color itself– halfway in between blue and red– is latent with significance, and matches the Jonathan Cohen Unity coat that First Lady Jill Biden wore the other day arriving in Washington.
From the minute of the Biden– Harris triumph event on November 7, for which Harris used a white Carolina Herrera match, she has actually evinced a dedication to commemorating American designers– something we have not seen from the White Home since Michelle Obama’s period as First Woman.
At last night’s candlelight vigil at the Lincoln Memorial Showing Pool to honor the more than 400,000 lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, Harris wore a camel coat by Pyer Moss, another New York label developed by a young Black talent.
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