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November 15, 2006
Maria mania

Associated Press

I hope a reader named Liz is checking out 21Q. That’s because I got a hot tip on Maria Shriver’s election-night dress; Liz was hoping to find the dress for her daughter’s wedding next summer.

I now know who the designer is. I even know what type of fabric it’s made from. Alas, the one-of-a-kind dress is hanging in the first lady’s L.A. closet.

But there’s good news!

Karen Sanders at the Polo Ralph Lauren store in Pavilions contacted me after reading my postings on “The Dress.” She e-mails: “The designer is Ralph Lauren, of course.”

The dress is from Lauren’s spring 2007 collection, she adds, but from this point on, it gets a little tricky.

“The lamé jacquard fabric (for Maria’s dress) was available in a skirt and pant, which I will carry in the store,” she says. “But the same fabric was not made in the Deacon Dress, which is what Maria was wearing.”

The store’s version of the dress, which will arrive in late January or early February, will be in a lamé hopsack fabric, which is a bit more coarse.

Still, Sanders says that, even in the hopsack, the Deacon Dress is “stunning.”

So, Lauren lovers, next year you will be able to purchase a skirt or pant in the Maria fabric, but not the dress. Or, you can get the dress, but not in the same fabric.

For more musings about Maria, Arnold and other pressing fashion topics, I'll be joining Kitty O'Neal at 6:20 tonight on KFBK (1530 AM). And she's always stylish, even with a mike.

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