Just seven days ago, the President was sworn into his second term of office. If you are a big fan of symbolism and history, know that 21 January 2013 was over-the-top full of it. Inauguration Day was also MLK Day in the 50th year since the March on Washington, the 150th year since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the completion of the dome on the Capitol (for the second time). It was also the day before the 40th anniversary of the momentous Roe v. Wade decision. Although I wanted to drop these pearls of historical trivia, it is not the primary purpose of today's blog post. As so many of you know, the presidential inauguration is a major production filled with design, fashion and style. I've collected some images from this year's celebration and the celebration four years ago.
The first family graces the podium with style and color. The Obama women prove to be an asset, each color and personality complementing our 44th president (who also opts for a bright red tie).
|In 2009, A new birth of freedom, the youth and changing of |
the guard marked by the Obama's arrival was punctuated by
a palette from the entire color wheel. (Image: Reuters)
|In 2013, Faith in America's future, an older Obama family is |
outfitted in an analogous color palette.
Prom, wedding, golden anniversary...inauguration is the closest Americans come to a coronation with all the pomp and circumstance one would expect to accompany the occasion. Do you love typography, paper or political ephemera? Enjoy this.
|Clockwise from the top: 2009 commemorative single day |
Metro fare card, DNC Inaugural Reception ticket, gallery
exhibit flyer, 2009 Inaugural Staff Ball ticket
|Official 2013 Inaugural Invitation with raised presidential |
seal in gold foil
|2013 Inaugural Ceremonies Program|
|Clockwise from top: 2013 commemorative renewable |
Metro fare card, map of ticketed inauguration viewing
areas, Inauguration Ceremonies ticket, commemorative
Inaugural Invitation with raised gold foil logo
|Instagram: my 2013 Inaugural |
Staff Ball ticket
Many of you are used to seeing the cliche red, white and blue ribbon that adorns the inaugural stage constructed on the west lawn of the capitol every four years. However, the set production for the inaugural balls is far more elaborate. These pictures below show stages from the 2009 and 2013 venues. Each features the official inaugural logo. The perfect backdrop for the first couple. The formal white tire attire for POTUS* is both modern and minimal. For each celebration, FLOTUS** opts for a moderately adorned gown in a patriotic color that is flowing and ethereal.
|2013: Presentation of the Colors at The Staff Ball|
|White tie & Jason Wu white |
silk chiffon (Image: Getty, 2009)
|White tie & Jason Wu chiffon & |
velvet in regal red (Image: Getty, 2013)
|In 2013, the First Couple dances to "Let's Stay Together" as serenaded by |
Jennifer Hudson. In 2009, the First Couple danced to "At Last"
as serenaded by Beyonce Knowles. Both songs appropriate for the times. (Image: michellepictures.com)
*POTUS - President of the United States
**FLOTUS - First Lady of the United States