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APEC Fashion Through the Years -- PICTURES

photo of Chris Heller
November 14, 2011

Although President Obama declined to continue a lighter tradition at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where world leaders gather for a "family photo" while dressing in attire that captures the host country's culture, there are still plenty of costumes from years past to enjoy—even if we don't get to see aloha shirts and leis at this year's summit in Honolulu.

(RELATED: Obama at APEC and ASEAN)

Former President Bill Clinton began the tradition during the 1993 APEC summit in Seattle, after he gave bombadier jackets to the world leaders who attended. Leather jackets reappeared during the 1997 summit in Vancouver, British Columbia, which Clinton and China's then-President Jiang Zemin both attended.(KOJI SASHARA/AP, POOL)

At the 1994 APEC summit, Clinton and other world leaders dressed in traditional Indonesian batik during a photo session prior to their Nov. 15 meeting in Bogor, south of Jakarta. From left are South Korean President Kim Young Sam, Clinton, Indonesian President Suharto, and Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama.(KOJI SASHARA/AP)

During the 1996 APEC summit in Subic Bay, Clinton wore the formal dress of the Philippines, a tieless shirt called a barong tagalog. Sitting next to Clinton is Prime Minister Banharan Silpa-archa of Thailand and Koo Chen-Fu of Taiwan, far right.(JOE MARQUETTE/AP)


Dressed in traditional Malaysian batik shirts, (from left) Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Taiwan Chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development, Chiang Pin Kung, Thailand Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai and Vice President Al Gore applaud after the reading of the declaration at the conclusion of the APEC summit meeting on Nov. 18, 1998, in Cyberjaya.(VINCENT THIAN/AP)

President George W. Bush, wearing a traditional Guayabera shirt, waves as he walks away after posing with representatives of the 21 APEC nations for a group photo during the two-day summit in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on Oct. 27, 2002.(J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP)

From left, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, President Bush, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk in together wearing traditional Chilean ponchos as they arrive for the APEC leaders' official photograph at La Moneda on Nov. 21, 2004, in Santiago, Chile.(PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP)


Wearing Korean durumagi silk robes, Bush (left), Australia's Prime Minister John Howard, and Peru's President Alejandro Toledo are pictured after the official APEC group photo in Busan, South Korea, on Nov. 19, 2005.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

Dressed in Vietnamese ao dai, Bush and other APEC leaders walk to a garden at the National Convention Center for a group photo session in Hanoi on Nov. 19, 2006. From front: Peruvian Vice President Luis Giampietri; President Bush; Russian President Vladimir Putin; Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont; Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono; and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(HOANG DINH NAM/AP, POOL)

While wearing a traditional Peruvian poncho at the 2008 APEC summit in Lima, then-President Bush gestures before the official group photo as Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso stands below. (LAWRENCE JACKSON/AP, FILE)


Sans aloha shirts, President Obama pases with APEC leaders during a group photo in Kapolei, Hawaii on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.(CHARLES DHARAPAK/AP)

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