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Jill Biden recycled a version of her Inauguration Day dress for Joe Biden's address to Congress

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a woman holding a bag of luggage: Jill Biden attends Joe Biden's address to Congress on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images © Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images Jill Biden attends Joe Biden's address to Congress on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images
  • Jill Biden attended President Joe Biden's address to Congress from the US Capitol on Wednesday.
  • She wore a navy Gabriela Hearst dress with embroidered flowers for the speech.
  • The dress was nearly identical to the one Jill wore on Inauguration Day in January.
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Jill Biden attended her husband's address to Congress on Wednesday night.

In photos and videos taken at the US Capitol ahead of the speech, Jill is seen wearing a navy dress with a mesh top. If the dress looks familiar to you, that's likely because it's almost identical to the one she wore in January for Joe Biden's Inauguration.

Both dresses were designed by Gabriela Hearst and had embroidered flowers across her shoulders that represent each US state and territory.

a woman holding a bag of luggage: Jill Biden wears a Gabriela Hearst design on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images © Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images Jill Biden wears a Gabriela Hearst design on Wednesday. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images

On Instagram, the Uruguayan designer revealed that the dress was delivered to Jill on the eve of her husband's 100th day in office. Hearst also said the Silk Wool dress and matching mask, made in New York, were crafted "entirely of existing fabrics."

"It was originally used to fit the inauguration one," Hearst wrote alongside a photo of the dress on a mannequin. "The First Lady requested to salvage for another occasion. Double repurposed. New is not always better."

text: Gabriela Hearst shared this photo of Jill Biden's dress on Instagram. Gabriela Hearst/Instagram © Gabriela Hearst/Instagram Gabriela Hearst shared this photo of Jill Biden's dress on Instagram. Gabriela Hearst/Instagram

Back in January, Hearst shared more details about the dress design on Instagram. She said the Inauguration Day garment - as well as its matching coat and mask - were inspired by the idea of unity, which "makes strength" and "is needed for the road ahead," she wrote at the time.


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Hearst also said a flower representing Jill's home state of Delaware "is positioned at the heart level," with all other flowers branching out from there.

"Each flower took approximately two to four hours to embroider," she wrote. "Careful placements and color selections were carefully studied for weeks."

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As Insider's Celia Fernandez previously reported, Hearst is passionate about sustainability, and attempts to create clothes with a minimal environmental impact.

"She uses wool from her family's sheep farm in Uruguay, according to her website, and Biden's look was made with fabrics the brand already had," Fernandez wrote.

Representatives for Gabriela Hearst did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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