Melania Trump wears Gucci cheongsam for China state dinner

Lauren Tuck
News Editor
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Photo: Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)

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.

From Alessandro Michele’s fall 2016 Gucci ready-to-wear collection, the black piece features pink and green floral embroidery as well as other figures throughout the nature-inspired motif. For some extra flair, the dress has magenta mink cuffs as well as a high leg slit.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, arrives for a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9, in Beijing. Trump is on a five-country trip through Asia traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. (Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

She paired the dress, the same design Margot Robbie wore at the Legend of Tarzan premiere in June 2016, with a pair of bubble=gum-pink Manolo Blahnik heels.

First lady Melania Trump and Peng Liyuan, wife of China’s president, Xi Jinping, arrive at a state dinner in honor of President Trump at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

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.

First lady Melania Trump attends a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Photo: Reuters/Damir Sagolj)
First lady Melania Trump and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, are escorted by a student after a cultural performance during a visit to the Banchang Primary School in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Photo: Greg Baker/Pool photo via AP)
First lady Melania Trump and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, are surrounded by students after a cultural performance during a visit to Banchang Primary School in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Photo: Reuters/Greg Baker/Pool)

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.

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