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Designer says Jill Biden's dress at speech was 'double repurposed' from inauguration

The Hill logo The Hill 4/29/2021 Joseph Choi
a person wearing a costume: First lady Jill Biden attends President Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress © Getty Images First lady Jill Biden attends President Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress

Gabriela Hearst, the designer behind the kindred dresses first lady Jill Biden wore to President Biden's inauguration and first congressional address, says the outfit from Wednesday night was "double repurposed."

"An honor to see our First Lady wearing our dress in the President's First speech to the joint session of Congress. Delivered on the eve of his 100th day in office. The Silk Wool dress ( and mask)was made entirely of existing fabrics," Hearst wrote in an Instagram post.

According to the Uruguay-born designer, the fabric used to make the dress was originally meant for the one the first lady wore on Inauguration Day, but she requested that it be salvaged for another occasion.

The dark dress featured embroidered flowers representing all of the U.S. states and territories.

Viewers noted that Biden's flower-embroidered dress directly echoed the white ensemble she wore on Inauguration Day, which was meant to symbolize unity.

A post shared by Gabriela Hearst (@gabrielahearst)

A post shared by Gabriela Hearst (@gabrielahearst)

Hearst has often spoken about her ambitions to create clothing in a more sustainable way, telling Elle magazine in March that she aimed to use 100 percent repurposed materials by the end of 2022.

The white dress Biden wore in January was also made using existing fabrics in order to "minimize the impact on the environment."

"Unity makes strength and it is needed for the road ahead. The blooming symbol to represent this message are the federal flowers from every state and territory of the United States of America," Hearst wrote at the time.

A post shared by Gabriela Hearst (@gabrielahearst)

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