KIDMAN IN VOGUE AT BG: Many women try to emulate Nicole Kidman’s style, and now Bergdorf Goodman is giving them the chance to duplicate it.
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As of today, the Fifth Avenue retailer is carrying a replica of the green firebird organza silk gown the Academy Award-winning actress wears in the Twentieth Century Fox film “Australia.” Kidman also wore the dress for Vogue’s July cover, shot by Annie Leibovitz.
Bergdorf Goodman is spotlighting the $9,850 dress in one of its Fifth Avenue store windows, and it is being sold exclusively in the store’s fourth-floor eveningwear salon. Four are currently available and the store is able to special-order an additional limited amount. The gown was designed by two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Catherine Martin, who said, “I’ve always been a huge fan of Vogue as well as Bergdorf Goodman and can hardly believe that the starry-eyed ambitions of my teenage dreams have actually come true.”
Due out at the end of the year, “Australia” is a romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II. Kidman plays an English aristocrat who inherits an Outback property the size of Belgium. She reluctantly joins forces with a cattle driver, played by Hugh Jackman, to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles.
Baz Luhrmann directed the film, having previously worked with Kidman on both “Moulin Rouge” and the Chanel No.5 commercial.
DRESSING OBAMA: No one was more excited to see Michelle Obama in the black-and-white floral dress she wore on “The View” last week than Donna Ricco. She designed the cotton stretch frock that retails for $148 at White House | Black Market. “Several thousand” have been sold and another production run of about that amount is already under way, the designer said.
The Chico’s-owned White House | Black Market is plugging the dress on its home page under the banner “Road to the White House Style.” But Michelle Obama wannabes will have to wait until mid-August to get their hands on one.
After leaving NBC’s 30 Rock studios following an appearance on “The Today Show” Friday, Ricco came face-to-face with a prospective buyer who eyed the now-famous dress draped over her arm. “She said to me, ‘Is that the Michelle Obama dress?'” Ricco said. “I thought maybe I should hold it up and show the line of tourists.”