Michelle Obama dazzles in yellow gown to present Lin-Manuel Miranda with award

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Michelle Obama's style has only gotten bolder and brighter since she left the White House in 2017 -- and the gown she donned at Sunday evening's star-studded American Portrait Gala in Washington, D.C. was no exception. 

To present "In the Heights" and "Hamilton" genius Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Portrait of a Nation prize at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Obama opted for a stunning custom yellow gown by Schiaparelli. The corset-like sleeveless creation featured intricate embroidery, making it one of our favorites on the former first lady ever. 

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“The inspiration for the shape originally came from the crinoline, which is often found underneath couture gowns, but the real starting point for the overall look was the color,” Schiaparelli’s creative director, Daniel Roseberry, said in a statement, according to PEOPLE.

Miranda, who was one of the six recipients of this year's Portrait of a Nation prize, first made it on the Obama family's radar a decade ago after traveling to the White House to sing a song from his up and coming show "Hamilton." Barack and Michelle have since formed a relationship with the celebrated lyricist, traveling to see the play during its pre-Broadway run in a very "unprecedented" move as first couple.

“I owe her, from performing the first song at the White House in 2009 to her coming to see "Hamilton" — not on Broadway, but off-Broadway at the Public Theater, which I think is unprecedented for the first lady. Presidents and first ladies go see Broadway shows, but they don’t go downtown that much. So that early advocacy, I can’t ever repay her for that," Manuel told reporters at Sunday night's reception. 

Obama also took to Instagram to congratulate him on his award, calling him a "friend" and inspirational force with Miranda's message.

"I first met Lin more than a decade ago, when he came to the White House to perform the opening number from what he described as a 'concept album.' And, as we all know, his little concept, Hamilton, became a global phenomenon," she wrote.

"But what I love most is that he believes it’s his duty to lift up those around him, especially the next generation. It’s why he’s created a Hamilton curriculum for schools, made sure kids from all over can see his shows, and raised millions of dollars for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. And it’s why he is working so hard to make sure folks are voting in every election and using that freedom that so many fought so hard for. He’s someone who has, in melody and rhyme and connection, painted as honest a portrait of our country as I’ve ever seen. Love this guy."

See more of Lin-Manuel's incredible work in the video above! 

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