'The Notebook' Costume Designer Responds To Vanessa Bryant's Romantic Blue Dress Story
"I'm so honoured that I was able to contribute in some small way to the history of this amazing man"
On Monday evening (February 24), Vanessa Bryant delivered a powerful eulogy in honour of her late husband Kobe Bryant and their daughter, Gianna, who tragically died in a helicopter crash last month.
During the moving speech, the mother-of-four opened up about her real-life love story with the world-famous basketball player - revealing that he once gave her the blue dress from The Notebook as a wedding anniversary present.
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"He gifted me the actual notebook and the blue dress Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie," she recalled.
"When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it's the scene when Ali comes back to Noah," Vanessa explained, referencing the 2004 hit film.
#ThrowbackThursday One of my favorite Valentine's day gifts from my husband was the blue dress, shoes and THE notebook from the Notebook Movie he gave me years ago. (The notebook is a prop but it still has sentimental value). Happy Valentine's Day! #tbt #Valentinesday #LoveStory #TheNotebook #Love ❤
"We had hoped to grow old together like the movie. We really had an amazing love story," she continued. "We loved each other with our whole beings, two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls."
Karyn Wagner, who worked as the costume designer on the film starring Rachel McAdams (Allie) and Ryan Gosling (Noah), was brought to tears by the tale.
Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling starred in the 2004 hit film
"I had zero idea. When I was finished with the movie, I put the dress in a box and it went into storage," Wagner told The Hollywood Reporter.
As for Vanessa's speech, "I started bawling," she told the US publication. "I'm still drying the tears off my face. What a beautiful eulogy. I'm so honoured that I was able to contribute in some small way to the history of this amazing man."