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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Emma on

To Jennifer,

America is NOT the ONLY country where you have the freedom to say what you want. There are other places where you have as much freedom to do and to say whatever you want and I would even dare to say more freedom. But perhaps you have never been outside your own borders to know that. I hope not however.

Emily on

I think they look great. Laura Bush is so classy and is an all around great woman. I think everyone should stop bashing our President, becuase this isn’t a political issue. If John Kerry was our president, then his crazy wife would’ve ran over to the women with the same dresses on and would have squirted some Ketchup all over it! And we should be grateful for the men and women fighting over seas. If they weren’t our country would be getting blown up right now. People, be greatful for you freedom!

Becky on

The people that comment about not being in the war support the soldiers 100% and do appreciate all of their efforts. We do not criticize the war because we are unpatriotic or unappreciative. We criticize the war because hundreds of men and women are losing thier lives because Bush is too prideful (deadly sin) to accept he was wrong. I am anti war but 100% pro soldier.
God Bless our US service men and women and God Speed!!!

abc123 on

Yes, there’s always a possibility of war when you sign up for serving, no one is even debating that. That’s not even my issue (or THE issue of the pic), so I really don’t care about that.

321 and Alex thanks for the correction…(still makes no difference to me, not really the issue either).

My whole point of even writing my first entry is SO WHAT? Her dress isn’t even supposed to be a political issue, but of course it has to be because she is the “first lady.” This is a online style magazine, not a political debate. Dress still looks like an expensive tablecloth to me, whether they sign up, draft (or do not draft) soldiers. PERIOD.

abc123 on

Oh, and feel free to comment more on my comments, if it’ll make your day go by quicker. Have a good day all!!!

TRACIE on

WOW! A QUESTION ABOUT A DRESS TURNED INTO A POLITICAL DEBATE. SO I WILL COMMENT ON BOTH.

THE DRESS SITUATION IS SILLY! I PERSONALLY DO NOT LIKE THE DRESS, BUT I AM ALSO 23.

AS FAR AS THE POLITCAL POINTS. EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT OPINION AND THEY ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINION. LIKE SOMEONE SAID, THIS IS AMERICA! I JUST WANT TO SEND A THANK YOU OUT TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE OVER THERE FIGHTING. TO THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOVED ONES OVER THERE DURING THIS SEASON, I PRAY THAT YOUR LOVED ONES ARE SAFE. TO THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE, OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND COMFORT IN YOUR MEMORIES OF YOUR LOVED ONES.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

toile bandeau on

i suppose that one first lady meeting 3 other people wearing the same dress is better than 4 first ladies wearing the same dress.

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