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Laura Bush's Unexpected Fashion Faceoff

12/08/2006 at 05:58 AM ET

Imagine spending $8,500 on a beaded Oscar de la Renta gown to wear to an exclusive White House holiday reception and then arriving to find three other women wearing the same dress. Now, imagine that you’re the First Lady who has found herself in the middle of a real-life, four-way fashion faceoff! That’s what happened to Laura Bush at a Dec. 3 event at the White House. Luckily, she able to sneak off upstairs mid-party to change into a new dress. Susan Whitson, Press Secretary to Mrs. Bush, tells PEOPLE: “Though Mrs. Bush has seen guests at the White House wearing dresses she herself owns, this was the first identical dress-to-dress encounter she has had.  She and the President found it quite amusing that Mrs. Bush and three other ladies had on the same gown at the same event.” If only all Fashion Faceoffs could be solved with a quick run upstairs!

Photo: Eric Draper/The White House/AP

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Becky on

as the first lady i would think she would have one of kinfd things. I bet that never happened to Nancy Reagan!

Merissa on

I am not a big fan of the Bush family…………….but they do look good

Jess on

awe they are so cute. I think it is admirable taht they were able to laugh at it.

Wendy O on

I’m so glad that my tax money went to pay for that way over-priced and way tacky dress.

Rita on

I think they are a wonderful couple, and extremely blessed to have each other. Also wish I was blessed enough to spend $8500.00 on a dress!!! But, if you’ve got it, may as well spend it on something. I wonder how the other 3 women looked in it, and would have to see them to know which one looked the best. Mrs. Bush looks beautiful & happy in it.

Allison on

Looking fantastic as always… :)

Stella on

I am definitely not a fan of her husband’s, but I must say, she has always been a class act. As for the previous post, “our” tax dollars did not pay for that dress, they only pay his salary…and thankfully, only for a couple of more years.

Terra on

Funny…… and they are too cute………

sharon on

lovely dress.

Jennifer on

I see they’re having tons of fun while our soldiers are in Iraq…

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