The hidden meaning behind the showstopping yellow coat 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman wore at Biden's inauguration
- At 22, Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in US history.
- As she recited her poem, "The Hill We Climb," she wore a bright-yellow coat.
- Gorman told Vogue the coat had hidden meaning and was a nod to Jill Biden.
Amanda Gorman weaved symbolism throughout her poem, "The Hill We Climb," which she recited for millions tuning in to President Joe Biden's inauguration today.All the best coats from the Biden-Harris inauguration day
"I am weaving my own type of symbolism into my outfit, and it's really special and important to me to deliver these nuggets of information and sentimentality as I'm reciting the poem," the 22-year-old told Vogue.Perhaps the biggest statement was a bright-yellow jacket from the designer Miuccia Prada.
Amanda Gorman's bright-yellow jacket was a nod to Jill Biden
As Gorman walked onto the stage, she wore a bold-yellow coat, which according to Vogue, was a nod to first lady Jill Biden.Read more: Kamala Harris' purple Inauguration Day outfit may have been a nod to the first Black woman to run for presidentJill is the reason Gorman landed her role as an inaugural poet. In 2017, Jill first came across Gorman from a video of her performance of "In This Place: An American Lyric," at the Library of Congress.
When people were discussing an inaugural poet for January, Jill reached out to Gorman to ask if she'd be willing to write and recite an original poem for the inauguration. She also added that she had loved her dress's color from the 2017 performance."She said, 'I saw this video of you and you were wearing yellow and I loved it,'" Gorman told Vogue.
Gorman agreed to perform a poem for the inauguration.
Every day she'd write a few lines, struggling to find the right words for the monumental task, according to The New York Times. She was about halfway through when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.That night, she finished the poem.
"There is space for grief and horror and hope and unity," she told The New York Times. "I also hope that there is a breath for joy in the poem because I do think we have a lot to celebrate at this inauguration."Read more: Jennifer Lopez made a statement by wearing head-to-toe white during her inauguration performance
Gorman stepped onto the stage wearing the brightest color of the day. Her sunshine yellow coat likely signified joy - a feeling some people across the country were feeling this afternoon.To Jill, the coat's color likely felt familiar as it was the same shade Gorman wore in the video where Jill first saw her perform.
—NBC News (@NBCNews) January 20, 2021Read more: 22-year-old inaugural poet Amanda Gorman sparkled in jewelry gifted to her by Oprah Winfrey
Gorman chose Prada because of the designer's outspoken feminist beliefs
According to Vogue, Gorman intentionally chose a look by Prada.
Prada has a long history of strong feminist statements, which Gorman admires, per Vogue.According to Prada's website, Gorman's coat was on sale for $1,666.37 and it originally sold for $2,777.28. The coat was sold out at the time of writing.
People rushed to comment and inquire about the bright coat and powerful performance
As Gorman stepped in front of the lectern, people immediately took to the Internet to gush about Gorman's fashion.
Twitter users quickly commented on the young woman's striking coat.
—Cassandra Bradby, MD (@NotSoLilMD) January 20, 2021
—Jasmine Turner (@JasmineNBC12) January 20, 2021
—Kate-Madonna (Hindes) Sieger (@girlmeetsgeek) January 20, 2021Others are now on a hunt to find a copycat jacket for themselves. Google saw an influx of people searching for the terms "poet coat" following Gorman's performance.
—Summer Rose (@summer_rose91) January 20, 2021People are clearly captivated with Gorman's work and her fashion sense, too.
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