What the Ribbon Skirt Means to Agnes Woodward, Creator of Deb Haaland’s Swearing In Ceremony Ensemble

“The moment was historic by so many standards. The first female Vice President, and the first of African and South Asian descent, swearing in the first Indigenous American Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, only the third woman to hold the office. Yet, all anyone could talk about was Secretary Haaland’s skirt — a royal blue number, wrapped in a rainbow of satin ribbons overlayed with an artful cornstalk, deep blue butterflies, and stars. It’s a typical scenario for women, having the focus turn from their accomplishments to their attire. It can be annoying, but when that attention is harnessed by intention, it can also convey a powerful message…” 

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Published by the Craft Industry Alliance | April 20, 2021

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