Harris and Jill Biden dress for history and unity in congressional speech By Reuters

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© Reuters. First address by US President Joe Biden to a joint session of Congress

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – History was made on the United States Capitol on Wednesday night when two women – Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – sat behind the President during his annual speech to the nation.

Prabal Gurung, who designed Harris’ off-white suit, seized the moment, announcing on Twitter that Harris was wearing a “handmade double-crepe cream suit and ivory silk charmeuse camisole,” which was “made. in New York, at the Prabal Gurung Atelier and designed for the highlights of history. “

Harris, the child of immigrants from India and Jamaica, wore the costume of Gurung, an immigrant from Nepal born in Singapore, to listen to a speech in which President Joe Biden called for a change in immigration policy.

Meanwhile, on a balcony overlooking the House of Representatives bedroom, First Lady Jill Biden was making her own fashion statement.

She wore a dress by another immigrant designer, Gabriela Hearst, of Uruguayan descent, which was hand-embroidered with flowers from all 50 states, Washington, DC, and all American territories.

The navy blue dress was a different take on a cream coat and dress designed by Hearst, also embroidered with state and territory flowers, which Biden wore on January 20 for her husband’s inauguration celebrations.

Hearst said on her website that “the message of unity” was her main inspiration for adorning the dresses with state flowers. “The Delaware flower is positioned at the level of the First Lady’s heart, from there all the other flowers branch out,” the website says of the inaugural outfit, a nod to the state of origin of Biden.

The president wore a dark suit with a blue tie, designer unknown, for his address to lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol. Harris’ husband Douglas Emhoff, who the White House calls the Second Gentleman, wore gray.

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