After a hard-fought battle for the presidency, Hillary Clinton conceded the win to Donald Trump in a moving speech Wednesday. And in a subtle expression of unity, she donned a purple suit — the color made when red and blue are mixed together.
Then, on Thursday, Michelle Obama wore a purple dress that echoed Clinton’s sartorial sentiment when she hosted soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump at the White House. Was it a nod of sisterly solidarity with Hillary? Was it her own expression of unity and cooperation? We may never know the exact motivation, but FLOTUS’ choice of dress surely held symbolic weight.
The chic three-quarter sleeve dress is from American designer Narciso Rodriguez’s spring 2016 collection. The design house has been a favorite of Michelle’s for years: She wore a Narciso Rodriguez dress the night Barack Obama delivered his first victory speech in 2008, and donned a custom coat by the designer at her last speech for Hillary Clinton the day before the election at a rally in Philadelphia.
The choice of designer may hold as much weight as the purple shade of her dress. Rodriguez is the Cuban American son of immigrants, and what The New York Times calls “a classic American success story.” Raised in Newark, New Jersey, he studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York, went on to work under other designers, and eventually launched his own line in 1997.