By Romy Oltuski
Updated Mar 06, 2018 @ 9:30 pm
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To scroll through photos of Vanna White’s onscreen wardrobe is to watch the evolution of eveningwear unfold—specifically very sparkly, extra eveningwear. In the 35 years that she’s appeared on Wheel of Fortune, the game show hostess has sashayed across America’s screens in more than 6500 gowns and never repeated a single one. She’s seen the rise and fall of shoulder pads, taffeta, spaghetti straps, and a great many sequins.

And yet, when asked to describe her personal style, White says, “I’m not a huge dresser-upper. Most of my closet is jeans, T-shirts, tennis shoes, and flats. I don’t even know if I have a sequin gown in my closet.”

That’s partly because, in answer to the most common question White gets asked, no, she doesn’t get to keep the dresses. Designers send batches of up to 50 looks to the show’s stylist for rapid fittings, and on each filming day, White wears six dresses, one for each half-hour episode shot back to back. There are fashion rules, like no greens that clash with the letter screens. And White almost always pairs the dresses with her own 5-inch heels. (She’s proudly mastered the art of comfortable footwear—insider secrets below.)

1980s. Courtesy Ron Slenzak