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Given the flurry of Obama support we witnessed at the Spring/Summer 2009 shows during Fashion Week — Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s “yes” gloves paired with a duchess satin, yellow sequin dress that had Obama’s face on the front and the words “I have a dream today!” printed on the back; Rodarte sisters showing a dress that was both an homage to Rykiel and pro-Obama (it had ‘Obama’ emblazoned across the front of the garment), during the 40th Anniversary Rykiel show; Stella McCartney who had program notes that included “P.S. V.O.T.E. Obama!!” – it’s little surprise that plenty of designers are continuing to publicly support the recently elected Obama, especially in light of next week’s presidential inauguration.

More than 10 American designers have created official merchandise to support the festivities as part of the “Runway to Change” initiative. The initiative stared during Obama’s campaign with specially designed merchandise from over 25 different designers. With the success of those pieces it was only natural to extent the initiative.

Included in the bunch of collectible inauguration pieces are tote bags by Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch, T-shirts by Zac Posen, Donna Karan, Juicy Couture, Narciso Rodriguez, Derek Lam, Rachel Roy, Gerald Matthews and House of Deréon, and a scarf by Alexander Wang. 

Proceeds from the sale of the items will go to support the costs of the inauguration, which are expected to be in the same region as the $45 million 2005 inauguration.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.