It was 20th January, the day of Inauguration ceremony when Joe Biden took his oath as the President. Many important political figures arrived to attend this important event. Michelle Obama arrived to the Capitol with husband Barack Obama wearing a head-to-toe mulberry purple outfit featuring a long coat, pants, a matching top, and a statement gold belt.
Another person who opted for purple that glorious morning was Hillary Clinton, who went with more of a brilliant violet shade with her outfit. She arrived with Bill Clinton a little after the Obamas.
Kamala Harris, soon to be the Vice- President also chose a violet shade for her dress, donning a purple coat by designer Christopher John Rogers over what looked like a matching top.
Kamala often wore the color in her own presidential campaign as a tribute to Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman to ever run for president in 1972 under the Democratic Party and the first Black woman elected to U.S. Congress. Chisholm used the color purple in her campaign flyers.
Many people had been speculating regarding what the purple color represented, and believed that that it represented bipartisanship and America coming together because combining together red (representing the Republican party) and blue (representing the Democratic party) would give the color purple. Swing states were often referred to as “purple” states as well.
Hillary Clinton had also worn the color for her 2016 concession speech; even Bill wore a purple tie. She lost to Donald Trump that year. In her speech she said that, “We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future….”
Moreover, purple (along with green and white) was also present on the suffragette flag, due to its connection with royalty. The colors were adopted in 1908 and it represented “the royal blood that flowed in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity.”
So a lot of meanings can be taken from the particular shade. One can though rest assured that on Inauguration day, a very important day for the America, the important figures wouldn’t refrain from making strong political and fashion statements as well.