Melania Trump played the sartorial diplomacy game at a state dinner in Beijing on Thursday. The first lady attended the event at the Great Hall of the People wearing a satin floor-length gown in a traditional cheongsam silhouette.
The origins of the cheongsam, also known as a qipao or a mandarin dress, trace back to the 17th century, but the modern version originated in the 1920s and is formfitting.
Trump’s fellow first lady, Peng Liyuan, wife of China’s President Xi Jinping, opted for something similar with her black sheer topper embroidered with poppies overlaying a deep red satin dress.
Earlier in the day, the pair visited the Banchang Primary School after being greeted at a welcoming ceremony. FLOTUS opted for a black Dolce & Gabbana gown with light pink floral lace appliqué. The piece was custom made for her (alterations included adding sleeves and a longer hemline), but a similar version retails for $2,475.