It’s the sisterhood of the travel dress!
Country music fans experienced déjà vu during the 15th Annual Country Music Honors Academy on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, when singer Kelsea Ballerini, 28, paid tribute to fellow country-pop superstar Shania Twain, 56. , wearing again the iconic white dress Twain wore to the 1999 Grammys.
The high-neck, sequined, long-sleeved dress, designed by Marc Bouwer, had previously been exhibited at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. It holds a special place in Twain’s heart, as she wore it the night she won two Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song for the hit “You’re Still the One.”
While on the red carpet for the ceremony, Twain told Entertainment Tonight that she was “blown away” seeing her famous dress reimagined.
“She looks stunning,” the singer, who was honored with the Poet’s Award at the event, said of Ballerini. “She looks like an absolute angel. It’s very flattering to see her in the dress, and that she even wanted to wear it. I said, ‘I hope it’s not too dusty after being in the [Grammy Museum].'”
Twain said that when she wore the dress herself in 1999, “it was an amazing night for me at the Grammys.”
“This dress represented that experience, so I’m happy to see him alive again. Now he has a new life and new memories, and it’s really great to be able to share that with other people, with other women. Obviously, it’s a huge compliment to be looked up to. enough for someone to want to get into my dress,” she said.
Twain also used her Instagram Stories to express her excitement, writing simply, “The dress!!” alongside a sweet photo of the duo on the red carpet.
The meaning was also not overlooked by Ballerini, who shared intimate moments of herself admiring the look on her own Instagram Stories.
“Sisterhood of the traveling dress,” she wrote alongside a photo of Twain in the look.
Ballerini explained to ET that the dress can only leave the museum for 48 hours, adding that she had a “back up” in case the curators wouldn’t let her take it out of the building.
“It’s Shania’s night! When I was asked to be a part of this, to honor her, we were thinking of all the possible ways to highlight every phase of her career,” Ballerini said. “One of the things I think is that she’s an icon because of her fashion, and the way she’s always pushing the boundaries. I wanted to honor that part of her as well.”
Ballerini added, “Being able to honor her is one thing, but being able to honor her and have her blessing…Grammys on.'”
As for the designer, Bouwer was on board, highlighting photos of Ballerini wearing the dress before the big night.
Talk about a fashion moment!
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