Biden and Harris dress to reassure that normal service is restored
Optics of inauguration were serene, respectful and quietly joyous, with US designers centre stage
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Wed 20 Jan 2021 20.06 GMT
There were a number of concerns about what might happen at the 59th presidential inauguration, but what Joe Biden would wear was never one of them.
With reassuring predictability, he was sworn in as the 46th US president wearing a navy blue, single-breasted suit by that most wholesomely all-American of designers, Ralph Lauren.
His sky blue tie was of a normal length. The message: normal service is restored to the White House.
The optics of this inauguration were serene, respectful and quietly joyous. Biden and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, the rock stars of the hour, presented as humble public servants, not as celebrities.
They dressed to reassure that their administration would serve all of America, instead of revolving around the attention-seeking theatrics of individual politicians. “Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of the cause of democracy,” the president said.