Registering Inaugural Gowns

You wouldn't want to go all the way to D.C. to one of the presidential inaugural balls and discover someone else in - gasp - the same gown you are wearing.  Some stores in Philadelphia such as Nicole Miller keep track of which of its dresses is going to which event. But that only gives you so much reassurance. What if there were an independent source, perhaps with a national scope, where you could go and stake your claim on your gown to avoid seeing double on the big night? Well, there is. The Associated Press is reporting that a new site called has been set up to do just that. You go there and describe the cut, the designer, the color, etc. Heck, you can even upload a photo.  

New website makes sure you don't dance the night away in the same dress as someone else.

Andrew Jones got the idea after his wife traveled from their home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to New York City to buy a gown for a charity ball in their hometown, solely to avoid seeing the same dress at the event.

I kind of put two and two together and I said, 'I think there’s a way technology can help us here,’ " said Jones, a 42-year-old automotive industry consultant.

The dress duplication problem has long caused anxiety among women.

Jones cited first lady Laura Bush’s "Oh, no!" moment at the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, when she was one of four women wearing the same red Oscar de la Renta gown. Bush quickly changed into something different.

"If it could happen to the first lady, it could happen to anyone," Jones said. "With the inauguration, it just all came together in my mind. I thought it would be a great time to roll it out."