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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RN123 on

I love the color, but the dress is too busy, it only needed a small amount of the decorative trim. And about all the other comments, the war is a mess, it was not & is not about 911, it is Bush’s own agenda, lets just thank god his term is almost over. Also, I have never watched a political leader make such a mess of everything even down to his speeches.

BethDC on

I read that she changed dresses b/c she didn’t want the other ladies to feel uncomfortable. Very classy. Plus the dress is off the rack. What are the odds that 4 people would wear the same $8500 dress to an event in the same location? One of the ladies came in from CA so it probably just is a case of women from the same generation with similar taste. I think FLOTUS handled the situation with grace.

nikki on

They are not a cute couple. They are just as ugly as their politics.

Robin on

The dress is too busy and does not fit her properly. Now for the political side, I don’t know how George W. goes to these parties when our men and women are dying because of his lies to go into Irag,and having no plan. Now he has no plan to get out of there. He created that mess over there, I don’t know how he sleeps at night. 9/11 was about bin laden not Iraq. Our soldiers are dying because of Iraq,GeorgeW. needs to admit his mistakes. I think he will go down as one of the worst Presidents in U.S. history. What is on the news everynight,is like Vietnam in the 1960’s.

sara on

I do agree this is not a political forum but just to add – what ever happened on 9/11 was terrible. However, Iraq had nothing to do with it.anyway about the dress. its good to know Mrs. Bush can go and change her dress. She looks beautiful. Happy Holidays to the Bush family.

Stephanie on

Happy, bright and in front of a Christmas tree while our soldiers are being blown to bits on a daily basis in Iraq.

Nothing cute or classy about that abhorrent picture. We are at WAR, and for them to stand there so warm and fuzzy for a picture makes me ILL. They should be in Iraq handing out food and not posing for pictures like models.

Heather on

the dress is ugly, so is laura and her worthless husband?
After all the pain and suffering our men and woman have went through and all the pain and suffering I in particular have went through. I hope there night was horrible

ilovehilaryclinton on

I love Laura Bush, she has so much class and is such a lady. I am happy to hear that they were able to find humor in it, I could see myself using it for a good laugh for the evening.

Could you even imagine if it had been Hilary Clinton that that happened to? She would have had security remove the other two women immediately! That woman frieghtens me!!!!

yeah god forbid theres a women in the public eye that actually *gasp* has her own opinions and isnt afraid to voice them! In the 21st century! The very horror! No, no let’s make sure we have ladies like Laura who spend $8000 on dresses so that they can be seen and not heard. That is what America is all about after all.

hoogee on

I’m glad they got a good laugh about it, and Laura didn’t raise a stink-fit about it. The dress is pretty ugly (not worth $8500), but then again I don’t think the first-lady wants to look sexy anyway.

erica on

Guys,
People.com fooled you.
These are wax statutes from Madame Tussand’s.
Or they might as well be

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