(JTA) – Ella Emhoff, Jewish daughter of the historic Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, wore a dress designed by the celebrated Jewish fashion designer Batsheva Hay to Wednesday’s presidential inauguration ceremony. Hay, known in the fashion world by her first name, posted on Instagram that Emhoff wore her “burgundy moiré dress” to the festivities. Kamala Harris’ niece Meena wore a similarly styled dress, and the two posed together – but Batsheva pointed out that she didn’t know who had designed Meena’s frock. Batsheva, whose dresses have been worn by celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, is known for blending Orthodox modesty rules into high fashion.
Jewish Sen. Bernie Sanders also made a bit of fashion news on Wednesday for a different piece of clothing: his mittens. As JTA’s sister site Alma noted, fans of the progressive lawmaker kvelled on Twitter over the homemade gloves, which were gifted to him by a schoolteacher in his state of Vermont. As the teacher, Jen Ellis, wrote on Twitter, they are made of wool from repurposed sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled water bottles.
Main Photo: Ella Emhoff, left, with Kamala Harris’ niece Meena Harris before the inauguration, Jan. 20, 2021. (Meena Harris/Instagram)