The president and first lady hosted their final state dinner earlier this week, capping eight years of remarkable political fashion.
Michelle Obama in particular has been known for her elegant, custom-designed gowns, with her outfits often crafted by a designer with ties to the country being hosted.
During the Obamas’ first state dinner in 2009, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and wife Gursharan Kaur were the guests, and the first lady wore an elegant gown crafted by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan.
When the White House hosted officials from South Korea in 2011, Michelle Obama wore a gown from Korean-American designer Doo-ri Chung. From 2012-2016, the first lady has worn gowns from Marchesa, Tadashi Shoji, Vera Wang, Jason Wu, and Versace. Each of these designers had a close tie to the visiting country: Great Britain, Japan, China, Canada and Italy, respectively.