'Dear Michelle': Designers write thank you notes to the First Lady

Joseph Altuzarra, Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung and Jenna Lyons of J. Crew share their handwritten notes for Michelle Obama.

Tomorrow marks the end of an era — and the beginning of another. She may be leaving the White House, but First Lady Michelle Obama has already left a mark on American fashion that will forever be a part of her legacy. Ahead of her last day in the People's House, we asked designers who have dressed Obama to write thank you notes to her.

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Michelle Obama in Altuzarra, Morocco June 2016.

Joseph Altuzarra:

Thank you Michelle for being such a wonderful role model & powerful advocate for ALL Americans. We will miss you.

Michelle Obama in Christian Siriano, 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Christian Siriano:

Dear Michelle,

It’s been an honor to design for you, a woman I have so greatly admired these last eight years, and someone I will admire for the rest of my life. Your legacy as First Lady is a beautiful one of care, compassion and charity.

Your support has meant so much to me. As a young designer from Maryland, I’d always remained optimistic that my career would blossom when the right moment came along. For me, you were that moment. As our First Lady, the choices you’ve made in attire have shone spotlights on many growing American businesses. Your support has stimulated our industry and fostered artistic creativity.

I look forward to following your next steps, and to creating for you for many years to come.

Thank you.

Michelle Obama in Jason Wu, 2009 Inaugural Ball. 

Jason Wu:

Dear Michelle,

Thank you for your amazing support for not only me, but for every creative who dreams in this country. You inspire me and I am so proud to play a small part in your most extraordinary legacy.

I can proudly say that I’ve reached my American Dream.

Michelle Obama in Marchesa, 2014 White House Correspondent's Dinner

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa:

Dear Michelle,

Over the past eight years, you have conveyed such strength, confidence and poise as First Lady. The selfless and exemplary work that you have done and the influence you are leaving behind will certainly not be forgotten! As designers, it has been such an honor for you to wear Marchesa. From State Dinners to Galas, you have exuded the highest level of elegance and grace, which we deeply admire.

Thank you for everything you have done, you are leaving behind a lasting legacy and we’re excited to see what comes next for you!

Best wishes,
Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig

Michelle Obama in Monique Lhuillier, 2014 Annual Kennedy Center Honors 

Monique Lhuillier:

Dear Mrs. Michelle Obama,

I am so honored to have dressed you and love what you have done for American fashion.

Your confidence and poise in every situation has been such an inspiration to me.

Fondly,
Monique Lhuillier

Michelle Obama in Prabal Gurung, 2010 White House Correspondents' Dinner 

Prabal Gurung:

Dear Mrs. Obama,

Thank you for your grace, poise, intellect & integrity. You leave us inspired. Thank you for letting us be part of your history. See you in 4 years as our first female president.

Michelle Obama in J.Crew, 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Jenna Lyons of J. Crew:

Dear Mrs. Obama,

Thank you for your GRACE
Thank you for your ELEGANCE
Thank you for your WARMTH
Thank you for your BRIGHT SMILE
Thank you for your INCLUSIVENESS
Thank you for your SUPPORT
Thank you for your INSPIRATION
Thank you for your HUMOR
Thank you for your ACCEPTANCE
Thank you for your STRENGTH
Thank you for your FEARLESSNESS
Thank you for your STYLE
Thank you for your ENORMOUS HEART
Thank you for your LEADERSHIP
Thank you for your DANCE MOVES
Thank you for EVERYTHING

With love and admiration,
All of us at J. Crew

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WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 18: US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) pose for the official picture with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (2R) and Italian First Lady Agnese Landini (L) prior to the state dinner at the White House on October 18, 2016 in Washington DC. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting their final state dinner featuring celebrity chef Mario Batali and singer Gwen Stefani performing after dinner. (Photo by Shawn Thew - pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a state dinner at the White House, October 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting the last state visit of his presidency. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the North Portico of the White House before the state dinner in Washington on October 18, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama stands with First Lady Michelle Obama shortly before greeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the North Portico of the White House November 24, 2009, as the Obamas host their first official State Dinner. AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama stands with First Lady Michelle Obama shortly before greeting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the North Portico of the White House November 24, 2009, as the Obamas host their first official State Dinner. AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -MAY 19: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of the Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Mrs. Margarita Zavala to this evenings State Dinner at the White House. Photos taken on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Marvin Joseph /The Washington Post via Getty Images) StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Wed May 19 18:43:28 2010
WASHINGTON - MAY 19: First lady Michelle Obama and her husband U.S President Barack Obama wait for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala to arrive for the State Dinner at the White House on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama welcomed President Calderon to the White House today for an official state visit that is taking place amid tension over immigration politics and Mexico's deadly drug war. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Pool/Corbis via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao upon his arrival on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, January 19, 2011, prior to hosting a State Dinner. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer (not in picture) at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 7, 2011 for the State Dinner. Obama warned Europe's debt crisis must not destabilize the global economy, as he laid on a lavish and warm White House welcome for Merkel. Obama said he and Merkel had extensive talks about the plight of debt-stricken Greece, which needs a second huge financial bailout, despite some reluctance from some eurozone members to stump up fresh funds. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer (out of frame) at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, June 7, 2011 for the State Dinner. Obama warned Europe's debt crisis must not destabilize the global economy, as he laid on a lavish and warm White House welcome for Merkel. Obama said he and Merkel had extensive talks about the plight of debt-stricken Greece, which needs a second huge financial bailout, despite some reluctance from some eurozone members to stump up fresh funds. AFP Photo/Saul Loeb (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and first lady Kim Yoon-ok on the North Portico of the White House before attending a state dinner October 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. Michelle Obama is wearing a dress designed by Korean-American Doo-Ri Chung. Earlier in the day, President Lee held a joint press conference with Obama and addressed a joint meeting of Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama walks with South Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok in the Cross Hall as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, DC on October 13, 2011. The State Visit comes only a day after congress passed a free trade agreement with South Korea. (Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/Pool/Corbis via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand in the North Portico of the White House before attending a state dinner March 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Prime Minter Cameron participated in a joint press conference with President Obama, topics included Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, prior to a State Dinner as part of an official visit on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of French President Francois Hollande for the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with French President Francois Hollande as he arrives for the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wait for the arrival of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the North Portico of the White House on April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) poses with Akie Abe, the wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, upon arrival at the North Portico of the White House on April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait on the North Portico for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on curbing climate change and an understanding on cyber security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Madame Peng Liyuan, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama pose for photographers on the North Portico ahead of a state dinner at the White House September 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on curbing climate change and an understanding on cyber security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. â On Thursday, March 10, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of Canada's Prime Minister and Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau for a State Dinner in the East Room of the White House. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. â On Thursday, March 10, from (l-r), Mrs. Gregoire Trudeau, First Lady Michelle Obama, Canada's Prime Minister, and President Barack Obama outside of the North Portico of the White House before the State Dinner in the East Room of the White House. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose with Nordic leaders and their spouses before a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait for Nordic leaders to arrive for a state dinner at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching on the North Portico of the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching on the North Portico of the White House August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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