All the hidden details of Jill Biden's Inauguration Concert outfit

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden watch a fireworks show on the National Mall from the Truman Balcony at the White House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Jill Biden's Inauguration Concert outfit had a number of hidden symbols.

  • The first lady wore a custom ivory coat and matching embroidered dress by Gabriela Hearst.

  • Her dress was adorned with flowers for every US state and territory.

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Vice President Kamala Harris' inauguration outfit was packed with hidden meanings, but she wasn't the only one who made a powerful fashion statement on Wednesday.

First lady Jill Biden wore multiple symbolic looks throughout the day, including an ocean-blue dress and matching coat from the NYC-based luxury fashion label Markarian.

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Jill Biden wore an outfit from emerging designer Markarian to her husband's inauguration. Jim Lo Scalzo/Associated Press

A representative for Markarian told Insider that the shade of blue worn by the first lady was chosen to "signify trust, confidence, and stability."

Later in the evening, the first lady took part in the "Celebrating America" special wearing an outfit that was also filled with hidden details.

Jill Biden wore a dress from another American designer

Markarian founder and designer Alexander O'Neill told Insider that she hopes the first lady will continue to represent up-and-coming, American designers.

"I love that her focus has been on emerging designers so far," O'Neill said. "I think she recognizes the power and impact that her clothing choices have on emerging talent."

For the concert, Biden wore an ivory outfit from Uruguayan-American designer Gabriela Hearst.

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The Biden family wore an array of colors for the Inauguration Concert on Wednesday. Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images

The first lady also chose to highlight an American designer on the eve of her husband's inauguration. Biden wore a magenta dress and coat designed by Jonathan Cohen, a New York-based designer that is known for his sustainability and zero-waste design efforts.

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Jill Biden wore a magenta outfit from Jonathan Cohen. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Biden's ivory dress and coat featured hand-embroidered flowers for every US state and territory

Hearst shared on Instagram that each flower took between two to four hours to embroider.

"The message of Unity is the main inspiration for the creation of the Ensemble," Heart wrote. "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."

Delaware's flower was placed close to Biden's heart

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The flowers on Jill Biden's dress were hand-embroidered. Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images

In the same Instagram post, the designer shared that the Delaware flower was embroidered at the heart level of the first lady, and then the rest of the flowers branched out from that point.

Delaware is an important place for the first lady, as it's her home state. She also got her bachelor's degree and her doctorate from the University of Delaware and was a teacher at the Delaware Technical & Community College from 1993 to 2008.

The coat had a hidden quote hand-embroidered on the lining

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The matching coat was designed with a hidden quote. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Hearst revealed on Instagram that a quote by Benjamin Franklin was stitched into the coat to represent Biden's role as an educator.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn," the quote reads.

Read more: Joe Biden's daughter and granddaughter rocked menswear looks on Inauguration Day, and people can't get enough of their fashion

Biden's entire outfit was made in NYC from sustainably-sourced materials

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Jill Biden's outfit was made entirely in NYC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Part of Hearst's mission with her namesake label is to create clothes as sustainably as possible. She uses wool from her family's sheep farm in Uruguay, according to her website, and Biden's look was made with fabrics the brand already had.

The designer and Biden actually have a long history together. The first lady wore a silk, fringe-trimmed green dress from the designer to a presidential debate in September, and Hearst even designed a T-shirt for the Biden campaign.

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Jill Biden wore a Gabriela Hearst dress to the September 2020 presidential debate. Scott Olson/Getty Images

The earrings Biden wore with her dress symbolize the hope and beauty in the world

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The earrings were designed by Indian designer Ruchi Kotahwala. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Biden wore a pair of $8,750 blue sapphire earrings encrusted with diamonds from designer Ruchi Kotahwala's Desert Blooms Collection. A representative for Kotahwala told Insider the earrings were created after the designer took a family trip to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park in California and saw the breathtaking glory and serenity of her surroundings.

Kotahwala is also creating a limited-edition capsule collection of the Desert Bloom Mariposa earrings Biden wore that will be available for preorder this month.

The first lady paired her outfit with a corsage, and people think it was a gift from her husband

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People think President Biden presented the first lady with the corsage. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

As Insider's Samantha Grindell reported, Jill Biden was wearing a white corsage on her right wrist that coordinated with her outfit. Many fans think President Joe Biden gifted her the corsage ahead of the Inauguration Concert.

Jill Biden is not the first, first lady to wear a corsage during an inauguration celebration, though. Mamie Eisenhower and Betty Ford both wore the floral accessory during their husbands' swearing-in festivities, according to Vogue.

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