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The Significance of Black Designers Styling VP Kamala Harris For Inauguration Day

ByDamonya Jones

Jan 22, 2021
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Vice President Kamala Harris made it a point to wear two Black designersChristopher John Rogers and Pyer Moss– on Inauguration Day. It befitted her historic status as the first woman of color to hold the office. Harris’s chic purple coat and dress were designed by Rogers.

 Rogers posted Harris wearing his design on his Instagram and wrote, “Thank you, Madam Vice President. We are so honored and humbled to have played a small part in this historic moment. 💜”

Rogers is a Brooklyn-based designer. He graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design The Baton Rouge native is used to A-List melanin clientele, which includes Tracee Ellis Ross, Zendaya, Cardi B, Gabrielle Union, and First Lady Michelle Obama, who officially gave him his big break when her stylist called and asked him to style her “Becoming” look at the age of 25. 

“I immediately threw my phone across the room,” Rogers told The Cut. 

Her second look was a camel coat by Black designer, Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss. The Haitian American designer hails from Brooklyn. 

According to The Boston Globe series titled A Beautiful Resistance, which highlights Black joy and Black lives, Jean-Raymond created the Vice President-elect’s outerwear for the eve of Inauguration Day. The night before the Inauguration, Harris wore the coat at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to pay tribute to the 400,000 Americans who have lost their lives to COVID-19. 

Also, the choice to wear Pyer Moss to the memorial was especially significant to Jean Raymond. Back in March when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announced shelter-in-place orders would soon be put into effect, Jean-Raymond was one of the first fashion designers to stop production and repurpose his studio and offices to donation centers for PPE.

There was symbolism behind everything VP Harris wore. The purple was a nod to the women’s suffrage movement and Harris’ homage to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to run for president. 

Her pearl necklace was a custom by Wilfredo Rosado pearl necklace, as a homage to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The American flag brooch on the left lapel of her overcoat represented freedom, dignity, and American pride. To top off our look in the chilly Washington D.C. weather, she wore a black mask and leather gloves. In color psychology, Black represents power, elegance, and sophistication. All elements which encompass our new VP! 

Shop Pyer Moss’s latest collection here 

Shop Christopher John Rogers’s latest collection here.