First day on the job calls for two outfits.
Vice President Kamala Harris joined the “Celebrating America” inauguration concert in front of the Lincoln Memorial, ditching her purple outfit for an all-black ensemble to introduce singer John Legend. The new VP, 56, wore a black blazer with silky lapels over a sequined cocktail dress by Sergio Hudson, Harper’s Bazaar reported.
“We want to be uplifted right now,” the 36-year-old designer, who is based in Los Angeles, told Harper’s. “So I said, what if we make her something sparkly?”
While the concert stream only showed her from the waist up, the silk tuxedo overcoat was floor-length and the dress — “a pencil dress, long sleeves, with a strong shoulder,” according to Hudson — reflected her style.
“We kept the silhouette very structured and tailored, because that’s who the Vice President is,” the designer, who is black, added. “But the liquid sequins give her glamour and shine, because her influence and the way she’s broken barriers is a light for so many of us. She shines so we can all shine.”
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during the “Celebrating America” special on Wednesday night.Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images
Harris also shined during her speech.
“It is my honor to be here to stand on the shoulders of those who came before to speak to you tonight as your Vice President,” she said. “Even in dark times we not only dream, we do. We not only see who has been, we see what can be. We shoot for the moon and then we plant our flag on it. We are bold, fearless and ambitious.”
“We are undaunted in our belief that we shall overcome that we will rise up,” she added. “This is American aspiration.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama wore Sergio Hudson earlier in the day for the inauguration while Harris chose Christopher John Rogers — a designer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Thanks for all the love guys I promise I will post later I’m dog tired right now,” Hudson tweeted.
Thanks for all the love guys I promise I will post later I’m dog tired right now😘— sergio hudson (@sergiotheexpert) January 21, 2021