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Vice-President Kamala Harris is sworn in while wearing attire by SCAD grad Christopher John Rogers
Rogers graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016
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Vice-President Kamala Harris is sworn in while wearing attire designed by SCAD graduate Christopher John Rogers. - photo by Wikipedia
During the Jan. 20 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Vice-President Kamala Harris – the first woman, first African American, and first person of South Asian descent to fill the second-in-command Executive Branch role – was wearing purple attire designed by Christopher John Rogers, a 2016 BFA graduate from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

According to Harper’s BAZAAR, Vice-President Harris chose to be sworn in while wearing the elegant outfit by Rogers accessorized with pearls by Puerto Rican-American designer Wilfredo Rosado. Rogers, a 27-year-old Black and queer fashion designer, is the 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America winner of the American Emerging Designer of the Year award.

“This morning, Vice President Kamala Harris – the embodiment of historical firsts – strode proudly onto the world stage as a modern superwoman. Her regal Inauguration Day ensemble was created by SCAD alumnus and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-winner Christopher John Rogers,” stated SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “Congratulations, Vice President Harris! Bravo, Christopher!”

According to Wallace, Rogers has also designed attire for Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, and Lady Gaga, all three of whom were in attendance at the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Rogers launched the CJR brand with his SCAD senior thesis collection and a close cohort of friends from the class of 2016, according to his Instagram page. He credits the many Sundays spent attending Baptist church as a driving inspiration for his interest in monochromatically coordinated ensembles, such as the one worn by Harris on Inauguration Day.