Dubbed the “gown that keeps on giving,” you’ve probably seen Tiffany Haddish wear her white Alexander McQueen gown before.
She debuted it at the 2017 premiere of her movie “Girls Trip,” but felt she hadn’t gotten enough wear out of the more than $4,000 designer dress. So she wore it again. And again.
“This is the longest running joke in Hollywood,” the 41-year-old actress and comedian told People in its 2021 Beautiful issue of the famous dress. Guess what she wore to the magazine photo shoot?
Tiffany Haddish poses for People magazine's 2021 "The Beautiful Issue." (Photo: BROOKE NIPAR for PEOPLE)
Haddish recalled being “devastated” when she was first handed the price tag for the dress and told it was non-refundable.
“I was very upset that I spent that much money on a dress period,” she said. “Then I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to wear this dress everywhere I go then. I’m going to get my money’s worth.’ “
The high-profile events the dress has seen prior to its newest appearance: Haddish’s “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig in 2017, presenting at the 2018 Oscar Awards, hosting the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards, and a 2019 appearance on David Letterman’s Netflix show “My Next Guest.”
Tiffany Haddish gets animated during her opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live." (Photo: Will Heath, NBC)
“My whole team, they told me, ‘Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on SNL. It’s taboo to wear it twice,’ ” Haddish said during her “SNL” monologue. “And I said, ‘I don’t give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress. This cost way more than my mortgage.’ “
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Four years after its first appearance, she says the dress had now “made me the money that it cost, plus, at this point.”
Plus, as she told USA TODAY in 2018, “things have changed”: “Designers have been loaning me dresses. Some stuff I still have to buy, (but that doesn’t) hurt that bad, because I can afford it a little bit now.”
Despite being told it would be “taboo” to re-wear a dress in such public settings, Haddish says it now holds a special place in her heart, because it’s been with her throughout some of the biggest moments of her career.
“It was like, wow I’m having these huge moments in this dress. I spent so much money, and every time I wear it, it’s like another huge moment,” she added to People. “Maybe the next time I wear it, it’ll be at my wedding reception.”
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