’Wheel of Fortune’s Vanna White Dress Madness is Underway: How to Participate in the Fashionable Bracket

by Emily Morgan

Sports fans may have March Madness, but “Wheel of Fortune” fans have their own month-long competition. However, this one looks a bit more fashionable. On Mar. 15, the annual “Vanna White Dress Madness” event begins, and with it, fans can vote for their favorite dresses worn by Vanna White during this season. 

“Wheel of Fortune’s” official Twitter account kicked off the event by opening up voting to fans via Twitter. In the thread, the show displays their own version of a “sweet sixteen.” Vanna White’s gowns are divided into four categories: spring, summer, winter, and fall, giving you plenty of options to choose from. Of course, White got in on the fun, commenting on the post: “I can’t wait to see which of these is your favorite!”

Vanna White’s Dresses: Where Do They Go After They’re Worn?

During her tenure on “Wheel of Fortune,” White has worn a whopping 7,000 designer dresses while taping and revealed she never wears the same dress twice. This begs the question: does White get to keep the gowns? 

“They have to go back to the designer, but I certainly enjoy wearing them,” Vanna White once shared with Fox News. “My favorite dresses happen to be the comfortable ones,” she shared. “A lot of them are so skin tight and don’t budge. I feel like I’m wearing a corset and I’m walking for 30 minutes in five-inch heels. It looks great, but it can be uncomfortable. I still do it, it’s part of my job. But if I had the choice, I would prefer stretchy gowns.”

According to “Wheel of Fortune” costume designer Kathi Nishimoto, the dresses arrive from the designers by the dozens. Then, Vanna White tries them on and eliminates the ones she doesn’t like, usually getting the number down to about 12 for two weeks of shooting. 

“The biggest challenge was to just get her to [be vocal about dresses she doesn’t like] because she is so nice, she doesn’t want to say no to anybody,” Nishimoto told People. After the episode, the glittery garments are taken right back to the designers, who receive off-air credit. Sadly, they do not go to Vanna White’s closet, and neither White nor the viewers see the glittery garments again.