Vanna White has worn thousands of dresses during her time on “Wheel of Fortune.” But one dress in particular nearly tripped her up.
It was in 2015, and White was wearing a floor-length purple gown. The problem was, the “Wheel of Fortune” set was all decked out for the winter holidays. And so it was strewn with decorative gift boxes.
As White began to walk across the stage to turn several letters, it became clear that one of the brightly-wrapped presents had gotten stuck to the gauzy fabric of her dress. And White wound up towing the crimson box all the way across the stage, totally oblivious to her festive cargo.
Watch the funny dress malfunction here:
What’s the Deal with Vanna White’s Dresses on ‘Wheel of Fortune’?
Over the years, White has worn roughly 7,000 dresses on “Wheel of Fortune.” She has worn the same dress again only once, repeating a dress in September of 2020, with each of the other dresses being a one-time-only deal, according to Parade.
Sadly for White, she does not get to keep the dresses. They are on loan from the designers, and after White wears them, they are catalogued and sent back from whence they came.
“I certainly enjoy wearing them,” White told Fox News in 2017. “I’ve gone through all the big styles, [including] the big shoulder pads. You name it, I’ve done it. My favorite dresses happen to be the comfortable ones. 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. And I honestly love the cocktail length.”
How Does White Pick Her Dresses?
It’s not easy choosing dresses for White, who says she’s more of a jeans-and-tennis-shoes kind of girl off the show. “Wheel of Fortune” gets more dresses than they can use, so White has to try them all on and pick the ones she’ll wear to the taping.
Every two weeks, White has to do a fitting during which she tries on 40 to 60 dresses. She selects the roughly 12 dresses she’ll wear that Thursday and Friday from the bunch and gives them to Nishimoto to hem them for the show.
“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,” show costumer Kathi Nishimoto told People in 2017.
After White picks a dress, it is altered, worn, then documented in “Wheel of Fortune” records and returned to the designer. It’s all in a day’s work for the long-serving “Wheel of Fortune” co-host.