Karyn Wagner didn't know Kobe Bryant had purchased the dress until she heard Vanessa's eulogy. 


In Vanessa Bryant’s emotional eulogy of her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna, she mentioned that the NBA legend had once gifted her with the physical notebook and Allie’s blue dress from 2004 film adaptation of The Notebook.

"He gifted me the actual notebook and the blue dress Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie. When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it's the scene when Allie comes back to Noah,” Bryant explained. “We had hoped to grow old together like the movie.”

Like Noah and Allie, Vanessa said she and Kobe “really had an amazing love story.” The Bryants met when Vanessa was just 17 years old. “We loved each other with our whole beings. Two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls.”

Vanessa had shared a throwback post gushing over the movie-inspired gift on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The film’s costume designer, Karyn Wagner, shared her reaction to Vanessa’s tribute with The Hollywood Reporter, telling the outlet she had no clue Bryant had purchased the dress in question. “When I was finished with the movie, I put the dress in a box and it went into storage,” she said. When she watched Vanessa’s eulogy, Wagner said she “started bawling.” She told THR, “I’m still drying the tears off my face. What a beautiful eulogy. I’m so honored that I was able to contribute in some small way to the history of this amazing man.”