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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Stephanie on

They look great! And Laura Bush has more class than Hillary does in her left pinkie…

At least the CHRISTmas tree looks beautifully decorated, the previous administration decorated trees with condoms.

ig on

ABC123, what in the heck do you think goes through their minds when they sign up to be a soldier. They know that it is a possibility that they will be in one. That is part of “FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY”duh… Oh, and there wasn’t a draft. There were enough VOLUNTEERS (key word) that signed up to do it. And our tax money couldn’t buy her that dress. If you would do a little studying of how much money our Pres makes you would know that it is around $200k a year. Not so much for someone that is running our country. People should really know what they are talking about before they open their mouths!

The dress is beautiful, if my husband was a wealty Oil Man from Texas then I would be able to afford an 8500 dress and no one would have anything to say about it. Who cares what it costs, everyone knows that if they had it, they would spend it too.

Katherine on

I think that regardless of your political beliefs, the dress is beautiful and just goes to show how classy Laura Bush truly is.

Alex on

ABC 123…wow, you are outdated! The draft was never re-instated, they thought about it, but it never went through…so if there are soldiers fighting our current war that were drafted, we might want to get them out of there, seeing as they would be in their 70’s!
by the way..on the original topic, it’s a dress…why is this even a question…designers make lots of one item to (shock alert) make a profit!!

Misty on

***Shakes Head*** Laura Bush is a class act & looks beautiful as always. This wasn’t a political question. Quit bashing and be mature. It gets old to see so much negativity.

Amber on

I think that dress she is wearing in that picture looks hideous on her…

Sunni on

Laura Bush is such a lady. I can see her taking it all in with great humor and it goes to show, all these women have great taste in their choices. Mrs Bush handled it with such class. She is an example to all of us.

Erica on

Can we say “mother of the bride” dress?
And to think that three other women were dumb enough to wear this thing too. Well, you don’t say!

Tina on

She’s from Texas, what did you expect? a less tacky dress. I would think not.

Tom on

That would never happened to Jackie O.

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