Yes, the 2021 Inauguration is a sacred American ceremony to swear in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, respectively. Though, you couldn’t be blamed if you tuned in to see what Michelle Obama would be wearing. The fashionable former first lady did not disappoint — she stunned us all as she stepped through the Capitol halls in a plum purple winter coat and jumpsuit combo with an eye-catching gold belt, courtesy of Sergio Hudson. Twitter was set ablaze because she looked that good.
Who is Sergio Hudson? He’s an emerging Black American designer who launched his namesake brand in 2014. He got his start on Bravo’s Styled to Rock, a fashion design competition show executive produced by Rihanna. The show ran for one season in 2013, and Hudson was crowned the winner after beating 13 other designers, winning a $100,000 cash prize and a spread in Glamour. Since then, he’s dressed plenty of fashion royalty, including Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, and Jennifer Lopez.
This isn’t Obama’s first time wearing Hudson, either. She wore a sequined navy blue jumpsuit at the Essence Festival in 2019, and a bright violet silk belted jacket and matching pants during her Becoming memoir book tour. Earlier in the week, Hudson paid tribute to the look and her wished her a happy birthday on his Instagram account.
Her ‘70s feathered curls were done by her longtime stylist Yene Damtew.
Obama knows the importance of her style, and using it to represent the best of Black design excellence is the kind of energy many seek from this new administration.