On the eve of Joe Biden’s inauguration, Biden and future Vice President Kamala Harris attended a ceremony honoring COVID-19 victims. They were joined by their spouses at the Lincoln Memorial, where 400 lights flashed around the reflective pool to represent the 400,000 Americans who have died from the virus. When Kamala gave a speech paying tribute to lost life and calling on the nation to heal together, she wore a pyer moss coat, which was also significant.
When hospitals suffered major shortages of PPE at the start of the pandemic, Haitian-American designer and founder of fashion label Pyer Moss, Kerby Jean-Raymond, quickly converted his New York office into a donation center and donated $ 5,000 for the purchase of masks and gloves. The designer also donated $ 50,000 to minority and women-owned small creative businesses affected by COVID-19. The elected Vice President’s deliberate decision to wear a coat from a designer who campaigned for COVID-19 relief certainly has a special meaning. As New York Times Chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman said, “It’s not about fashion. It’s about values.” Kamala paired the camel coat with a simple black sweater dress and leather boots.
Jill Biden also set the tone with her ensemble, a combination of a purple “Unity” dress and wrap coat with a matching mask made from leftover material, all by Jonathan Cohen, an independent New Yorker designer. The future first lady’s outfit stood not only for unity in the name of her pieces, but also for the importance of the color purple in politics. Take a closer look at Kamala’s and Jill’s key decisions.