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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Bunky on

I agree with Amrija – as the President himself explained, he thinks about Iraq *every single day*. I mean, I’d be happy with a President who thought about a war we were currently fighting every third or fourth day, but *this* guy is all over it. And she’s also right that our army is composed entirely of volunteers. If it were composed of draftees, then the President would have to be much more careful about sending them to fight with no real justification and no plan. But since they’re volunteers, heck, I say send ’em wherever, whenever. They *knew* this might happen.

It is a stunning outfit she’s wearing, but for some reason it doesn’t work. I don’t think she can pull off that much red.

A on

So…what was the question? She wore the same dress as a few other women and then went to change. Big deal.

Wildflower on

I admire Laura for her continuous display of class. People may or may not agree with the president, but you can not deny she is one hell of a wife standing by her man.

They look great together.

enigma on

As hard as it may be not to say something “malicious” or “negative” or political about a certain someone in this picture……….
Putting it aside, they do look like a more or less happy couple….and the dress seems fitting for Mrs. Laura Bush.
And, yes they do deserve happy holidays.
Peace and Love will prosper! Cheers!

American Girl on

More people have died in the city of Compton this year than in Iraq since the war began. Just remember 9/11 when those demons killed 4,000 Americans 5 years ago. Should we just ignore that small fact? If so, maybe a plane should crash into your home or your mother’s place of employment today. I’d bet money that if your mother died in a terrorist attack, you’d be all for war. And those soldiers are proud to be fighting for our freedom. It was their choice to fight for our country. No one forced them! They signed up voluntarily and I’m grateful that they have the courage and honor to fight for us.

Candi on

First of all, for all you people that have negative things to say about our Soldiers being over there. Lest you not forget, they aren’t forced to be there. Never were. They CHOSE to enlist to serve our country because they WANTED to, not because Bush made them. He had a difficult decision to make that he knew would affect many lives. Just think of where we would be if our former president had to make that decision.

Anyways, the issue is the dress and she is absolutely stunning in it. She is a very classy lady and they look wonderful!

Leisa on

They look happy and festive this holiday season without a care in the world… is there even a war going on??? You wouldn’t know it by looking at these two… sigh!

whatever on

Leisa…Are you sitting at home because there is a war going on? Should we all sit and sulk…silly me..I thought that is what our soldiers SIGNED up for…to protect our freedom.

ABC123 on

Ok, for the record, please know that ALL soldiers do not SIGN up to be a war. There is a such thing called DRAFTing. Second, she probably did use tax dollars to buy the dress (but hey, what can we do…get over it, she wore the dress already). And finally, $8,500 is a lot of money to pay for a dress that almost looks similar to a tablecloth or a curtain.

321CBA on

ABC123… Sweetie there has been no draft.

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