Elizabeth Banks Wore a Purple Gown Honor Hillary Clinton

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for women in America, but in the wake of a troubling election and uncertain future, it seems we’re standing together in solidarity, whether through protests, secret groups, and even, well, fashion. The latter is certainly true for Elizabeth Banks, who wore a stunning royal purple dress to the Glamour Women of the Year awards in honor of Hillary Clinton. As you probably couldn’t forget, Hillary wore a purple suit to give her concession speech, which potentially signified either bipartisanism, mourning, the suffragist movement—or all three.

Banks’s gown was from Elie Saab’s Haute Couture fall 2016 collection, and featured a plunging neckline, a layered peplum cinched by a lighter purple velvet belt, and cascading gold and white embellishments. “Thank you @glamourmag for letting us praise @hillaryclinton tonight #glamourWOTY and to the team that got my tired ass into purple,” the actress wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.

Elie Saab Haute Couture fall 2016

Getty Images


View on Instagram

As we already know, fashion played a much bigger role than just aesthetic during this election season. Through colors and brand names, certain individuals seemed to be able to communicate what they otherwise could not on a global stage. If you recall, Melania Trump wore a “Pussy Bow” blouse to a debate in the wake of her husband’s “grab ’em by the pussy” scandal. Clinton’s all-white Ralph Lauren pantsuit made a statement at the final debate, and designers wasted no time creating election-related products like OPI’s Madame President nail polish, and Rebecca Minkoff’s “Make America Ferrera Again” collab T-shirt.

More on women taking a stand:

  1. You Can’t Wear Campaign Merch to Vote, But You Can Wear This Nail Polish
  2. This Quadriplegic Makeup Artist Will Inspire You To Love The Skin You’re In
  3. The First Female Latina Senator Was Elected (Plus a Few More Bright Spots)

As for purple, we have already theorized the color choice was an intentional one for Clinton (and her husband). Purple could represent the coming together of political parties—purple is what you get when you mix blue and red—but it could also signify mourning, as it was an acceptable color to wear in the wake of death in the British Victorian era. Perhaps it could be paying tribute to the suffragist movement, as purple was one of its uniting colors.

Either way, one thing is for certain: We’re not giving up on fighting for our rights. In the words of Hillary herself: “You will have successes and setbacks, too, but please, never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”

Now take a look at Hillary Clinton’s 17 most iconic beauty moments: