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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/ 3/2008

Insta-Poll: Sarah Jessica Parker -- Fashion Victim?

By Liz Kelly

Dress-gate: Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at last week's "Sex and the City" premiere in New York. At the time, she had no idea of the scandal that would erupt over her gown. (Getty Images)

After the whole London premiere debacle, well, we didn't know what to expect, did we? Perhaps in the scant days since that overseas premiere, the dreaded acorn headdress might have sprouted into an oak sapling or at least attracted a hungry squirrel.

But no. SJP didn't let us down this time. She was a vision in yards and yards of shimmering metallic fabric. A perfect dress -- a gown outré enough to suit Carrie Bradshaw but classically beautiful enough to hug Sarah Jessica Parker's diminutive frame without overwhelming her sparkling personality.

All was well with our "Sex and the City" goddess and her ever-watchful fan base -- until eagle-eyed editors realized they'd seen that Nina Ricci gown somewhere before. Or a couple of somewheres. Not only had some random heiress worn it to the recent Costume Institute Gala at the Met, but -- worse yet -- Lindsay Lohan donned the gown for a Disney ad campaign. The horror.

Really?

Said the New York Times, explaining why we're all so upset about this fashion triple-take:

Actresses want dresses that no one else has worn, or at least haven't been photographed at big events. One reason is the Internet can serve up the double quickly, as it did when Reese Witherspoon and Kirsten Dunst wore the same Chanel frock in separate years, and it makes the dress seem something of a retread. The actress appears to be clueless. How come she didn't know the dress had been worn before? Where were her people? Understandably, the actress can also feel she was used by the house.

But as Carrie Bradshaw herself might ask: Are we really that shallow? Are we more interested in a fresh dress than the woman wearing it?

By Liz Kelly  | June 3, 2008; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Fashion  
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