Dr. Jill Biden's Inaugural Evening Dress

The message of Unity is the main inspiration for the creation of the Ensemble. Unity makes strength and it is needed for the road ahead. The blooming symbol to represent this message are the federal flowers from every state and territory of the United States of America. The flowers are embroidered into the cashmere coat on the hem line in an organic pattern that rises organically on the side’s seams. On the dress, the embroidery is placed on the silk organza neckline and arms. The body of the dress is constructed in silk wool cady. The Delaware flower is positioned at the heart level of The First Lady, from there, all the other flowers branch out. The pieces were made entirely in New York City. The Embroidery and Coat were crafted in the garment district and the dress was assembled at the in-house studio. Each flower took approximately two - four hours to embroider. Careful placements and color selections were carefully studied for weeks. Inside of the coat, representing the lifelong calling and service of Dr. Biden as an educator is a hand embroidery of the lining with a quote from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”

The materials used were existing available fabrics to minimize the impact on the environment. It was extremely important to showcase the ability of the knowledgable and masterful handcraft available in our Nation.