News Politics & Social Issues Kamala Harris Sent an Important Message with Her Inauguration Look The VP-elect is celebrating history through her outfit. By Alyssa Hardy Alyssa Hardy Instagram Twitter Alyssa Hardy is a fashion and culture writer living in New York City. She was formerly the Fashion News Editor at Teen Vogue and the Senior News Editor at InStyle. She recently launched a newsletter titled "This Stuff," which publishes twice weekly. In each edition, readers find timely commentary on news stories and current events in fashion, along with personal essays and musings on trends and celebrity style, featuring personal anecdotes from Alyssa's life as a fashion insider.Alyssa is a staunch advocate for garment workers' rights, and has a deep passion for educating others about fashion's environmental impact — tones that can be felt throughout 'This Stuff.' Her work has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, NYLON, Refinery29, TeenVogue, Ladygunn, Fashionista, and Allure. She is currently working on her debut book, a non-fiction exploration of ethics in fashion titled 'Worn Out.' InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on January 20, 2021 @ 10:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email For the first time ever, the United States of America will have a woman as the Vice President. Kamala Harris will take the oath of office at noon on Jan. 20 making her the first woman, the first Black person, and the first South Asian person to hold the position. During the momentous occasion, the VP-elect wore a regal purple jacket by designer Christopher John Rogers and later she will wear a look by Sergio Hudson. Rogers won the CFDA's emerging designer of the year award in 2020. Hudson is also an up-and-coming Black designer from South Carolina. The night before the inauguration, she wore a jacket by CFDA winner, Kerby Jean Raymond of Pyer Moss. JIM WATSON / AFP In using her wardrobe during these historic ceremonies to represent young Black talent who have made their values part of their brands, Harris may be setting a tone for her larger agenda over the next four years. She has a particularly powerful role as the tie-breaker in the U.S. Senate, which means she will have a heavy hand in making decisions about policies toward racial justice, women's rights, and relief for communities hardest hit by coronavirus. There's a Lot of Meaning in Kamala Harris's Pyer Moss Coat This certainly isn't the first time that Vice President Harris marked a moment through her ensemble. On the evening that she and Joe Biden celebrated their win, Harris wore a white suit to make her acceptance speech. The style was a call back to the suffragettes who fought for the passage of the 19th amendment. "While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last," Harris said in her speech. "Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."