The N.C. connection behind Sheryl Lee Ralph’s red Super Bowl jumpsuit


The small town of Lincolnton, N.C., has a little-known connection to Sunday’s Super Bowl. 

Before the game, when actress Sheryl Lee Ralph sang “Lift Every Voice,” a.k.a the Black National Anthem, she stunned in a deep-red jumpsuit that left some wondering who put her look together. 

The mind behind the design is Lincolnton native Charles Elliott Harbison, founder of luxury clothing brand HARBISON. (Lincolnton, population 11,000-plus, is located about 38 miles northwest of Charlotte.)

Now based in Los Angeles, Harbison stitched the jumpsuit in just two weeks, Ralph’s daughter, Ivy Maurice, told QCity Metro. 

After learning that her mother was scheduled to sing at the Super Bowl, Maurice knew her mother would need an outfit put together by a Black designer. Recalling Harbison’s 18-piece collection from Harlem’s Fashion Row, Maurice reached out to Harbison to discuss her vision. 

“I think Charles Harbison just has an incredible vision when it comes down to how bold his structures are, how eclectic his use of fabric and style is, and I knew that it would just be an incredible combo between me, my mom and Charles,” Maurice said during a telephone interview. 


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