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

and it is nice to know the bush’s can celebrate the holidays while innocent men and women are dying and getting blown up.

Kristin on

Quite funny and I am glad she diodn’t get bent out of shape about it like a Lindsy Lohan for example. Oh wait, she is the First Lady- she has way too much class for that… LOl But you would think Oscar de le Renta would have not allowed anyone else to have a dress the First Lady has for a White House holiday function. Didn’t Jackie-O sort of start that trend with unique or one-of-a-kind wardrobe items?

Kristin on

BTW- our tax dollars don’t pay for anything of hers, salary included. The Bush family is wealthy without mr Bush’s salary as Preseident. Ironically enough, his salary is next to nothing in comparison to his wealth as an oil man from Texas.

jonezy on

Hey Stella, were in the heck do you think Mrs. Bush gets her money from!! If our tax dollars pay for President’s salary and his wife does not hold a job……huh, who’s money do you think she used to buy the dress.

RT on

She just proves that she is a woman of class and grace. I commend her and President Bush for all they have done for us. It’s just a bonus that he is from the greatest state ever!!!

Jenn on

Leave it to you idiots to turn a simple comment about a dress into something political.

Danielle on

So, 4 women had the same taste? Big deal. And she was able to laugh it off. Good for her. Shows class. And even thought I think the dress is ugly, I don’t wear haute couture. I dress from Lands End, Levis, Walmart, Fashion Bug, and the outlet malls. What do I know of haute couture??? haha

Michele on

Laura has always been a class act, but why did she have to run upstairs and change dresses mid-way? What’s the big deal? I would have gotten together with the 3 other ladies and taken a picture and laughed about it- then stayed in the same dress the whole night. Remaining in the gown would have shown that she was no different than everyone else there. Probably made the other 3 ladies uncomfortable that they weren’t able to change, too. Beautiful dress, though. They all have good taste.

Ann on

I think they look cute. I wish we could see a picture of all three of them. Mrs. Bush is a very classy lady and she is a much better First Lady then the last First Lady we had. I’m glad she was able to laugh about it but at least there are other people out there with good taste about clothes. I think it is a nice dress.

Clena on

That is so funny lol
I love the president and his family.

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