Vice President Kamala Harris wore a dress and a matching coat in rich, royal purple by young black designer Christopher John Rogers. The colour is traditionally looked upon as a symbol of bipartisanship in the US--the blue of the Democratic Party and the Red of the Republican Party. However, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress, preferred to wear this colour and since Harris is deeply inspired by her, it didn't seem surprising that she chose purple.
Dr Jill Biden wore a two-piece ocean blue ensemble in wool tweed designed by Markarian founder Alexandra O'Neill. She also wore a matching mask. According to a statement issued by the the luxury womenswear label, the colour blue represented trust, confidence, and stability.
Michelle Obama donned a plum Sergio Hudson outfit for the inauguration. Her long overcoat was layered over a turtleneck jumper, wide-leg trousers and a statement buckle belt. Why Michelle chose to wear a shade of purple? International media has reasoned that it's one of the official colours of the suffragist movement, the National Woman’s Party and that would have helped her make up her mind.
Hillary Clinton, the former first lady of America, made an appearance at the event in a purple Ralph Lauren trouser suit, scarf and an aubergine coat. Well, by now we know why she chose a variant of the particular shade.
Amanda Gorman, the young poet, who impressed the whole world with a powerful delivery of her poem "The Hill We Climb", also created quite a statement with her long yellow Prada coat and bright red headband. Prior to reciting her poem, in an interview with New York Times, she said: "I also hope that there is a breath for joy in the poem because I do think we have a lot to celebrate at this inauguration." And her bright sunshine yellow coat did just that, it signified joy.
Lady Gaga who got on to the stage to sing the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" wore a custom Schiaparelli haute couture design—a fitted navy cashmere jacket and a voluminous red silk faille skirt. She accessorised her outfit with a giant gilded brooch in the shape of a dove, a symbol of peace. About her dress, designer Daniel Roseberry said in a statement: "As an American living in Paris, this ensemble is a love letter to the country I miss so dearly and to a performer whose artistry I have so long admired."
Jennifer Lopez took to the stage in a head-to-toe white Chanel look. She performed "This Land Is Your Land" and "America the Beautiful" wearing a long tweed coat with gold buttons, a ruffled blouse, and wide-leg pants. The colour of her choice--white, we know is a symbol of the United States suffrage movement. The colour has been worn in the past as a symbol of resistance against gender inequality.