Forget pantsuit nation. The Washington dress code is altering, one swearing-in at a time.
On Thursday, Deb Haaland made historical past when she started her job as Secretary of the Interior, turning into the primary Native American member of the cupboard. And she did so not within the current uniform of many feminine politirati — the fruit bowl-colored trouser swimsuit — however reasonably in conventional Indigenous dress.
Standing within the Eisenhower Executive Office Building subsequent to Vice President Kamala Harris to take the oath of office, Ms. Haaland wore a darkish jacket over a sky blue, rainbow-trimmed ribbon skirt embroidered with imagery of butterflies, stars and corn; moccasin boots; a turquoise and silver belt and necklace; and dragonfly earrings.
Against the flags and darkish wooden, the previous Democratic congresswoman from New Mexico stood out, her garments telegraphing a press release of celebration and of self at a ceremonial second that might be preserved for the document. It was symbolic in additional methods than one.
According to an Instagram put up from Reecreeations, that company that made the skirt for Ms. Haaland’s swearing-in, the ribbon skirt is a reminder of “matriarchal power”: “Wearing it in this day and age is an act of self empowerment and reclamation of who we are and that gives us the opportunity to proudly make bold statements in front of others who sometimes refuse to see us. It allows us to be our authentic selves unapologetically.”