World leaders in costume: The best pictures from APEC and more

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U.S. President Barack Obama wears a traditional Chinese silk jacket at the APEC Leaders meeting on November 10, 2014 in Beijing, China. 
U.S. President Barack Obama (R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) attend a family photo ceremony during the APEC Leaders meeting November 10, 2014 in Beijing, China. 
President George W. Bush and fellow world leaders wore traditional Peruvian ponchos during the official group photo of 16th summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in Lima, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. 
President George W. Bush and fellow world leaders wore traditional Peruvian ponchos during the official group photo of 16th summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in Lima, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. 
Wearing traditional Korean "durumagi" silk robes U.S. President George W. Bush, third from left, chats with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, right, as Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders arrive for an official group photo session in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. 
Wearing traditional "durumagi" silk robes, U.S. President George W. Bush, top row right, shares a laugh with Canada's Prime Minister Paul Martin, top row left, as Vietnam's President Tran Duc Luong, South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun, and Chile's President Ricardo Lagos look on during the official Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group photo in Busan, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005. 
U.S. President Bush, wearing a traditional handmade Chilean poncho pauses during the APEC leader's official photograph at the Naranjos Courtyard at La Moneda Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004,in Santiago, Chile. The woolen ponchos were hand-woven by a group of eight women in the town of Donihue, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Santiago, the capital. Each poncho takes up to four months to make. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Australia's Prime Minister John Howard, left, and President Bush chat as APEC leaders take their positions during their group photo at the 2004 APEC Summit in Santiago, Chile, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark is in the foreground. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
U.S. President Barack Obama, third right, poses with fellow APEC leaders for a group photo at the Gala Dinner at the APEC Summit in Singapore, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. 
Batik-shirted APEC leaders, including President Bill Clinton, posed together during the economic summit in 1994. 
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders dressed in traditional Indonesian batik wave during a photo session prior to their meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1994 in Bogor, south of Jakarta. From left are: South Korean President Kim Young-sam, U.S. President Clinton, Indonesian President Suharto and Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Wearing traditional "ao dai," U.S. President George W. Bush, left, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before a group photo with leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Dressed in traditional "ao dai," U.S. President George W. Bush, 2nd from left, chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin, 4th from left, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) listen to Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet, left, read declaration at the conclusion of the annual summit in Hanoi, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006. 
US President Barack Obama missed an opportunity to introduce Hawaiian shirts into the pantheon of APEC garb when he posed alongside fellow leaders during the family photo shoot in Kapolei, Hawaii, on November 13, 2011 in modern western suits instead.
It wasn't an APEC summit, but US President Barack Obama had another opportunity to wear traditional attire when he attended the gala dinner during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 18, 2011. 
It wasn't an APEC summit, but US President Barack Obama had another opportunity to wear traditional attire when he attended the gala dinner during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and East Asia Summit in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 18, 2011. 
A tired US President George W. Bush rubs his eyes in Shanghai, China, during the APEC summit in 2001.
US President George W. Bush attended the APEC Summit in Shanghai, China, in 2001. The two-day APEC summit focused on measures to counter terrorism in the wake of the attacks on the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) chats with US President George W. Bush donning traditional Chinese silk coats as they walk to a family photo session of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Shanghai, 21 October 2001. 
U.S. President Bill Clinton, left, is greeted by Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah as he arrived for the retreat at the Jerudong Polo Club, Brunei, for the second round of APEC summit meting Thursday, Nov 16, 2000. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
U.S. President Bill Clinton reacts to a question Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, from Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, following a reading of the declaration at the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)
Ghana's President Jerry Rawlings, left, U.S. President Clinton, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, both wearing the Kente traditional Ghanaian dress, and Ghana's first lady Nana Rawlings, right, greet a crowd of over 200,000 people assembled in Independence Square in Accra, Ghana, Monday, March 23, 1998. 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shortly before a family photo ahead of the gala dinner hosted for the leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 7, 2013. 
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who attended the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on behalf of Obama in 2013, wore an 'endek,' a traditional Balinese woven fabric.
Sunisa Saechua displays silk shirts Monday, Sept. 29. 2003, at a shop in Bangkok, to be worn by world leaders during the upcoming APEC . The one of kind silk shirt that will be worn by world leaders such as U.S. President George Bush and Japan Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and cost more than $2,000 . (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
President George W. Bush is seen behind Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad as leaders and representatives from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group pose for a photo at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, 21 October 2003. 
President George W. Bush poses with Mexican President Vicente Fox (top-R), Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L-bottom), Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (C-bottom) and Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (R-bottom) as leaders and representatives from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group pose for a photo at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, 21 October 2003. 
President George W. Bush and fellow world leaders wore traditional Peruvian ponchos during the official group photo of 16th summit of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation in Lima, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. 
President Bush (L) stands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai during the Declaration Statement at the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader's annual meetings October 27, 2002 in Los Cabos, Mexico. 
President Bush (2nd R) stands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai (R) Taiwan envoy Lee Yuan Tseh, (2nd L) and Singapore Trade Minister George Yong (L) during the Declaration Statement at the end of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leader's annual meetings October 27, 2002 in Los Cabos, Mexico.
U.S. Vice President Al Gore, attended the 1998 summit in Clinton's place, shares a joke with Chinese President Jiang Zemin after the reading of the declaration of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group at the end of the leader's retreat at Cyberjaya, 30 miles (50km) south of Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday Nov.18, 1998.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, left, and U.S. Vice President Al Gore walk side by side in a tropical garden of the Cyberview Lodge, Kuala Lumpur's southern retreat, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
APEC leaders laugh during a photo opportunity on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997. From left are Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japan; President Kim Young-sam, South Korea; President Fidel Ramos, Philippines; Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Canada; Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia; President Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico; Prime Minister Jim Bolger, New Zealand; Prime Minister Bill Skate, Papua New Guinea; Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, Sinagpore; Koo Chen-fu, Taiwan; Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai, Thailand and U.S. President Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite )
President Clinton, left, and Chinese President Jiang Zemin walk together after the APEC leaders' morning session during the second day of meetings at the 1997 APEC Summit at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997.
President Clinton burst into laughter prior to the start of the APEC summit meeting in Subic Bay, west of Manila, Monday, Nov. 25, 1996. 
President Clinton is greeted by Philippines President Fidel V. Ramos as he arrives, Monday Nov. 25, 1996, at the APEC conference in Subic Bay. 
Leaders from the 21 Pacific rim pose for a group photograph at the Sydney Opera House, 08 September 2007, during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
U.S. Persident George W. Bush, right, stands with Philippines President Gloria Arroyo, left, Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, and Thailand's Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group photo session at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Greg Wood, POOL)
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By MORGAN WHITAKER

President Barack Obama caused a minor uproar this week when he was seen in a "Star Trek" costume, but it turned out to be something far less space–age and far more old-fashioned. The suit Obama sported Monday was actually a traditional Chinese silk jacket, which he and fellow world leaders wore at this week's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit as a sign of unity.

It's a tradition that President Bill Clinton is said to have kicked off back in 1993 when he handed out bomber jackets to world leaders who'd traveled to America for the annual APEC meeting. Since then we've seen some of the most powerful men and women in the world wear Peruvian ponchos, Malaysian batik shirts, and a slew of other colorful garb.

The annual photo op has created some of the more offbeat outfits we've seen on the leaders who are otherwise almost always clad in far less festive suits. We collected some of our favorites from APEC (and a handful of other great moments of U.S. leaders in traditional garb) for you to see in the gallery above.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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