The meaning behind Kamala Harris' victory party suit

Amy de Klerk
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From Harper's BAZAAR

On Saturday evening, Kamala Harris took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware to deliver her first speech as vice president-elect, one which brought audience members to tears as she stressed the importance of her win for women and minorities everywhere. And, it wasn't just through her words that Harris made this point, but through her outfit, too.

The vice president-elect chose to wear a white suit by Carolina Herrera for the occasion, an ensemble that not only looked great, but also held significant meaning.

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The colour white has long been held as one which represents the fight for women's suffrage – and has been used by various female activists and politicians at key moments to subtly make this statement. Harris' decision to wear top-to-toe white was likely no coincidence and added to this historic moment in the fight for women's equality as she took to the stage as the first ever female vice president-elect of the United States.

And, the fact that Harris chose to wear designer Carolina Herrera for the outing is also significant, notable because the design came from a female immigrant-founded American fashion label.

Herrera, who was born in Venezuela, launched her eponymous label in 1980 and has gone on to become one of the best-known American fashion designers of all time. Opting for the label on one of the biggest nights of her political career was a perfect fit for Harris.

She was joined on stage by president-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who also opted for an immigrant-founded American fashion label. The future first lady wore a floral design by Oscar de la Renta, another key American fashion designer whose roots lay elsewhere. The late designer was born in the Dominican Republic and also went on to become one of the most significant figures in American fashion history.

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Photo credit: Tasos Katopodis - Getty Images

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