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Harris, Michelle Obama and More: Why So Many Wore Purple for Inauguration Day

Vice President Kamala Harris, former First Lady Michelle Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton donned purple

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No, it wasn't your imagination... there was indeed a whole lot of purple being worn at the presidential inauguration.

Vice President Kamala Harris, former First Lady Michelle Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton donned purple, a color used traditionally as a symbol of bipartisanship — a mix of Republican red and Democratic blue — for Inauguration Day.

The color, Vanity Fair reported, also has historically symbolized nobility and was a color favored by the suffragettes, in addition to white.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama was a predictable standout in a plum pantsuit and coat with a statement belt. Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem, was overheard complimenting the look.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama arrive for the inauguration. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

Gaga made her own fashion statement in a black and red dress with a giant dove pin. According to Harper’s Bazaar, the look was “a custom Schiaparelli Haute Couture look designed by Daniel Roseberry.”

Online, the statement accessory drew immediate comparisons to the mockingjay pin worn by Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" movies.

And sneakerheads had their own fashion moment when Nikolas Ajagu, the partner of Harris' niece Meena, arrived in rare Dior Air Jordan 1 sneakers.

Beyond the color of the day there were of course face masks worn by all the attendees. President Joe Biden and Harris also used the occasion to showcase American designers.

Biden is wearing a navy suit and navy overcoat by Ralph Lauren. Jill Biden is wearing an ocean-blue wool tweed coat and dress by American designer Alexandra O’Neill of the Markarian label.

Aides say Harris is wearing Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson. Both are Black designers, Rogers from Louisiana and Hudson from South Carolina.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, wore a Ralph Lauren suit on Wednesday.

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