After days of counting, waiting and protesting (and a rollercoaster ride of emotions in between) the 2020 presidential election was scheduled for Saturday. Joe Biden is expected to win 279 electoral college votes and become the 46th President of the United States. That night, the President-elect met with Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris during a car campaign in Wilmington, Delaware, where they informed the country of their historic victory and plans for their administration.
For the elected Vice President in particular, it was an important appearance to be the first female, first black and first South Asian person to hold this position. And the look was not lost on Harris, who with fashion not only pointed out the barriers that were broken that evening, but also represented American designers.
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Harris stepped on stage wearing a white Carolina Herrera suit designed by Wes Gordon with an ivory silk blouse underneath. Fashion historian Shelby Ivey Christie pointed out on Twitter that “monochromatic clothing is the mark of celebration in the black community,” referring to an earlier thread she posted on the subject. The color chosen by the Vice President-elect for the occasion was a nod to the U.S. women’s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year and which she recognized in her address to the nation.
“All women who have worked for over a century to secure and protect the right to vote: a hundred years ago with the 19th Amendment, 55 years ago with the Suffrage Act and now, in 2020, with a new generation of women in our country who cast their votes and continued the fight for their fundamental right to vote and to be heard, “said the Vice-President-elect in her speech. “Tonight I reflect on your struggle, your determination and the strength of your vision – to see what cannot be weighed down by what was – I stand on your shoulders.”
Carolina Herrera’s creative director Gordon posted a picture of Harris backstage, taken by her niece Meena Harris, on Instagram with three hearts – one red, one white, and one blue.
After President-elect Biden finished his remarks (which you can see in full here), future First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on stage in a short-sleeved navy dress with an asymmetrical hem and floral embroidery by Oscar de la Renta. another well-known American fashion brand.
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Her look was created by Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, both designers who were born and raised outside the United States and who rose in the American fashion house they now run. (The co-creative directors posted about it on their personal Instagram pages.) The house’s founder, De la Renta, has outfitted many first ladies throughout his career, from Nancy Reagan to Hillary Clinton.
“Jill is a mother – a military mother – and an educator. She has dedicated her life to education, but teaching is not just what she does – it is who she is,” said the president-elect in his speech of his Mrs. “This is a great day for America’s educators: you will have your own in the White House, and Jill will make a great first lady.”
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