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Jill Biden's sparkling inauguration outfit has a very special story behind it

She wore a custom dress and overcoat by Markarian

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Fiona Ward
Fiona WardActing Fashion and Beauty Editor
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The United States' new First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, attended her husband Joe Biden's presidential inauguration on Wednesday wearing a custom dress and overcoat from New York-based ethical label Markarian, designed by Alexandra O'Neill.

The decision to wear an emerging female designer was no doubt a thoughtful one - and on top of that, the shade of Jill's ocean blue outfit was chosen for a poignant reason.

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The designer revealed in a statement: "The color blue was chosen for the pieces to signify trust, confidence, and stability."

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Jill's elegant blue outfit held special significance

Though understated and elegant, the fit-and-flare outfit also featured some sparkling details. The wool tweed ensemble was beautifully embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls - crafted by a small team in the heart of New York City's Garment Center and hand finished by Alexandra in her West Village studio.

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The designer's sketch of Jill Biden's inauguration outfit

A further description of the outfit reads: "The coat, with its dark blue velvet collar and cuffs, is worn over a tapered dress with a chiffon bodice and scalloped skirt. The neckline of the dress is hand embellished with Swarovski pearls and crystals in a delicate floral pattern. The same Swarovski crystals adorn the coat and dress, subtly reflecting the light."

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Alexandra O'Neill founded her luxury womenswear label in 2017 - and credits her love of design to her grandmother, Gigi, who taught her how to sew at 10 years old, while she was growing up in rural Colorado.

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The brand notes that each piece is "thoughtfully made-to-order in an effort to reduce waste" - which could be a nod to President Biden's climate change manifesto.

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Dr Biden also championed a New York designer as she arrived in Washington on Tuesday, wearing a regal purple coat by Jonathan Cohen. It is perhaps a sign of things to come with her political wardrobe, which many predict will feature plenty of homegrown labels.

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