The First Lady of Ukraine Dressed With Pride to Meet With President Biden

Olena Zelenska, first lady of Ukraine, touched down in the United States this past week for a historic visit. She met with President Joe Biden and first lady Dr. Jill Biden yesterday, July 19, and delivered a statement to Congress today regarding the war in Ukraine after Russia invaded the country back in February. 

For the address, she wore a black suit dress with a sliver of white fabric that showed traditional Ukrainian embroidery by the Ukrainian label AMG. Over the course of her visit, Zelenska has embraced Ukrainian dress in a powerful display of pride.

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Twice she wore clothes from the Ukrainian label Litkovskaya, by designer Lilia Litkovaskaya. When Zelenska touched down in the United States, she opted for an olive dress with a scarf that fastened around the neck. She accessorized with earrings and a pin from the jewelry label Guzema, in a collaboration with the label Gunia Project. The pin is inspired by a rushnyk, a piece of fabric that is embroidered with traditional Ukrainian symbols. 

Something to note: During her arrival, Zelenska held pieces of wheat, one of Ukraine’s main exports and a national symbol for the country. This comes at a moment when the Russian invasion poses a significant threat to Ukraine’s wheat harvest.

Photo: Couresty of AP Photo

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