The Fashion of The Inauguration

January 20th 2021 was the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris as vice president. A historic day in American history. The day also did not disappoint when it came to the fashion, politicians and celebrities alike were sporting truly iconic outfits. The amount of looks that were served was truly astronomical and they deserved to be discussed.

Starting off with the main man, the new president of the United States of America, Joe Biden. Biden was wearing a full suit from Ralph Lauren, an American fashion company that has been a staple of US clothing since the 1960’s. Biden’s suit involved a black coat with navy blue pants and a teal kind of blue tie that matched with his wife Jill Biden’s dress and coat. The black and navy blue combo is something in fashion that many people avoid but I think that’s what makes Biden’s suit so bold and boundary pushing. Besides the controversial color palette Biden’s suit is still a very tame look for male fashion, which is fine. I care more about what he will do for the country than what he’s gonna wear. But overall Biden’s suit was a great look with an amazing color palette.


Jill Biden wore a teal tweed dress and coat with velvet cuffs and a matching face mask. The garment was designed by a Markarian designer Alexandra O’Neil. The darker lapel is a beautiful touch along with the pearl embellishments.

“It is an incredible honor to dress Dr. Biden today. I am humbled to be even a small part of American history.”

Said Alexandra O’Neil in an email with CNN style.

Jill Biden’s outfit designed by Alexandra O’Neil.

Vice President Kamala Harris was sporting a coat dress as well, Harris’ coat and dress were designed by Christopher John Rodgers, a SCAD graduate. The color was a deep eggplant purple. Not only is she serving as the VP of the United States, she is serving looks. The rich purple is so pretty and the gloves and mask matching is an amazing touch.

Vice President Kamala Harris, and her husband Doug Emhoff, and family, walk near the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Now let’s talk about Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff. She was wearing a Miu Miu plaid dress with a big white

collar and beautiful embellishments on the shoulders. It was a phenomenal fashion moment of the inauguration. It was unique, it was different, it was breathtaking. Ella is a fashion student at Parsons School of Design, she specializes in knitwear and designs many of her own garments. It was no surprise she was going to steal the show with a bold look.

former first lady Michelle Obama arrived in a full burgundy pant suit look designed by Sergio Hudson with a matching coat and gold belt buckle. She was a fashion moment, everyone on twitter was talking about this look. She did not come to play. She was the moment.

Amanda Gorman was the Poet Laureate of the Inauguration. Along with her beautiful poem she was wearing a beautiful Prada look. She had a yellow coat with black silky pants, a red face mask, and gorgeous red silky headband. The yellow and red just went so well together.


Lady Gaga was there singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and was giving “May the odds be ever in your favor,” in the best way possible she wore a full Schiaparelli look. She had a full flowing red ball gown skirt with black fitted top adorned with a golden dove brooch. Doves represent peace and love, unity and hope. The inclusion of the dove was definitely intentional, with how divided and angry the country is right now Gaga was bringing a message of peace and unity.

And now let’s talk about the breakout fashion star of the whole inauguration, Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator showed up in his signature beige parka which he can also be seen wearing in his “I am once again asking for your financial support” video, and now with his new meme of him sitting at the inauguration; he has two meme with him in his signature jacket. He was also wearing a pair of very cozy looking mittens which were actually made by Jen Ellis, a teacher from Essex Junction, Vermont. She gifted them to Sanders two years ago. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and the inside is lined with fleece made from recycled plastic bottles. Very on brand for Bernie, he came, he served.