By Alexandra DeRosa
Updated Nov 28, 2012 @ 11:10 am
Nicki Minaj Julie Bowen Monique Lhuillier
Credit: BEImages; Reuters

Ever since Nicki Minaj stunned fashion lovers at the American Music Awards red carpet by wearing the same citrus Monique Lhuillier gown Julie Bowen wore to the Emmys in September, we’ve been wondering how Minaj came to wear the curve-hugging look. Turns out, the designer was just as surprised! “The best part was I had nothing to do with it,” Lhuillier told at the opening of her new flagship store in New York City last night. “I was surprised! I saw her on the screen and I was like, ‘Oh! So, she bought it at one of the stores.'” So, did she think Minaj pulled it off? “I thought she rocked that dress,” Lhuillier said. Now that’s a compliment, Barbz!

Plus, see Lhuillier's spring 2013 collection!