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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annoyed on

Jenn you read my mind. Some people have serious issues.

Vanessa on

It is weird that Oscar de la Renta allowed to sell 4 dresses for the same event… I mean, in my small town, you go to a nice store and they ask you the date and event you are going to wear it so they wont sell another dress like yours to any other attendant.

It is difficult to believe.. but hey ,,, yes they look after having in their heads the deads of thousand of Irakies and hundreds of American soldiers.. =(

Stella on

jonezy, do you really think his salary is their only money? C’mon! Don’t be upset about what they spend their money on, be upset about what direction he, and his advisors have taken our country in.

Sarah on

I agree with Jenn…how can you people turn something fun and silly into a political debate about tax dollars. Get over it!!!

Michell on


Vanessa on

And how come you Sarah and Jenn instead of giving your opinion bugs us?? let us say whatever we want to say.. Isnt this a free country??


misscat on

dang, i hope she didn’t pay too much for that thing. thing looks like she got it at a dress barn on clearance

Brandy on

All political issues aside, she is a very beautiful woman.

Rita on

This is not a political forum, people. This is a nice picture of a good couple. While it does seem trivial, this is a way to lighten up a little during war time.
Those of you who want to discuss the Iraqi war, please remember Pearl Harbor!! What Mr. Bush has done is fight for our country the same way we did when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Yes, it is taking a long time. We have much more sophisticated technology to deal with today. He is a brave leader of our country, no matter what his political affiliations. I’m neither Republican or Democrat, I’m AMERICAN.

Alicia on

Well as far as opinions go, everyone has one. As a Canadian, all I can say about some of these posts is WOW. Remember, your politicians are also PEOPLE. The original post was about FASHION- NOT POLITICS.

I don’t agree with what is going on in Iraq. I think all foreign troops need to get out of there. Many soldiers from the Army Base 20 minutes from here have been killed there and in Afghanistan recently-some friends of mine. But, that being said, I don’t expect the leader of this country to stop having a life (i.e.-celebrate Christmas)because he had to make tough decisions.

And some of you should study up on your politics. George W. Bush was an obscenely wealthy man BEFORE he became President. I doubt your tax dollars bought that dress or most of the other things the Bush family enjoys.

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