You may have missed some of the subtle details which told a powerful story, and the quote stitched into the coat lining.
All eyes were on our new First Lady as her husband was sworn in as President on January 20, 2021.
She is the first spouse since Barbara Bush to hold the positions of both Second Lady and First Lady and is the first spouse since Pat Nixon to hold them non-consecutively. She is also the first Italian American first lady.
On Wednesday night, Dr. Biden made an appearance on the 90-minute, multi-network special, Celebrating America, hosted by Tom Hanks.
She wore a stunning ivory coat and matching dress which was custom-designed by Gabriela Hearst. The First Lady accessorized with blue sapphire earrings by RUCHI New York. What many people didn't know was that the First Lady had a secret hidden message within the ensemble.
The cashmere coat and silk dress carried a secret message: Flowers from every state and federal territory were embroidered across the bottom of the jacket and over the chest and arms of the dress.
“The message of Unity is the main inspiration for the creation of the Ensemble,” Hearst wrote on Instagram. “Unity makes strength and it is needed for the road ahead.”
The state flower of Delaware, the soft pink Peach Blossom, was embroidered at “heart level” and “from there, all the other flowers branch out.”
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 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 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 inhouse 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 on 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.