North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a pinstripe buttoned-up suit and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a traditional Western suit-and-tie combination when the pair met in Beijing, China in May. Photo: AFP

How politicians project power through fashion, from Donald Trump’s ties to Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un’s suits and Theresa May’s shoes

Presidential outfits are less about brands than style and symbolism, which are used to convey power and authority as well as stability, patriotism and safety. Some are better at pulling it off than others

Topic |   Fashion diplomacy

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a pinstripe buttoned-up suit and Chinese President Xi Jinping in a traditional Western suit-and-tie combination when the pair met in Beijing, China in May. Photo: AFP
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Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

Jing is a contributor to the Post. She previously served seven years as the newspaper's Fashion Editor, handling all editorial fashion-related content. She covers trends, movements and the industry scene for culture, fashion, retail business, arts, travel, technology and start ups in China and Asia. For the Post, she has interviewed the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Karl Lagerfeld, Zaha Hadid, Jackie Chan, Dolce & Gabbana, David and Victoria Beckham, Michael Burke and Christian Louboutin.