10/04/2010 08:19 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Maria Cornejo: 'I've Met Carla Bruni Before And There's Not Much Up There'

Designer Maria Cornejo had an interesting response to if she'd rather dress Michelle Obama or First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the New Yorker Festival over the weekend. reports that Cornejo answered, "I've met Carla Bruni before and there's not much up there," but of Michelle, Cornejo said, "She's actually doing things that are interesting. She's not just arm candy."

Cornejo has, in fact, both praised and clothed FLOTUS before. She previously told HuffPost blogger Sabine Heller that she designs for "strong, brainy women like Michelle Obama," and that she admires Michelle's "compassion, intelligence and the fact that she's an inspiration to so many. She has a lot of humility."

Michelle has worn the designer's frocks several times -- one of her favorites being a dress with different-colored shapes printed on it that she donned to meet the G-20 wives.