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On Wednesday, Kamala Harris became the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the U.S. And she took the oath of office wearing a prominent Black American designer. 

Harris wore head-to-toe purple, by Christopher John Rogers. According to the New York Times's Vanessa Friedman, she will change into a Sergio Hudson look later in the day. (Michelle Obama was outfitted by Hudson for the Presidential Inauguration.) She accessorized with her signature pearls — a necklace by Wilfredo Rosado. Rumor has it she was styled by Karla Welch

Meanwhile, her husband, Doug Emhoff — who today became the country's first Second Gentleman — wore a suit by Ralph Lauren. 

Kamala Harris Christopher John Rogers

Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, the President-elect, Vice President-elect and their partners joined Congressional leaders for a service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Later on, Biden and Harris took the oath office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. 

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The color of her ensemble drew a lot of attention. On the one hand, purple is seen as a call for unity, the marriage of red and blue. (Hillary Clinton wore purple to deliver her concession speech in 2016.) According to CNN's live broadcast, though, the meaning has a deeper significance for the Vice President: During her Presidential campaign, Harris chose purple as one of her official colors as a nod to Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black candidate for President on a major political party ticket. 


On Instagram, Rogers — who in 2020 won the CFDA Award for American Emerging Designer of the Year, after winning the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund the year prior — wrote on Instagram: "Thank you, Madam Vice President. We are so honored and humbled to have played a small part in this historic moment."

Rosado, a New York-based Puerto Rican jeweler, told WWD that the custom necklace he created for the Vice President was meant "to represent toughness and also fashion in a way. It looks very classic in terms of execution but when you see it in person and the movement, it's very glamorous but still tough. It's a bold necklace, not a classic string of pearls."

"I love her strength, there is a feminine aspect of it that made me want to add a bit of glamour to that moment, so there is a special movement to the necklace," he added. 

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