Remember Dolly Parton’s Wardrobe Malfunction at the CMA Awards?
Dolly Parton had a wardrobe malfunction at the worst possible moment, just before she was to take the stage and accept the Entertainer of the Year award at the CMAs. It happened 35 years ago this week. Thanks to YouTube, there’s video.
The singer handles her dress split at the 1978 CMA Awards with class, nonchalantly walking up to accept the trophy with a dark coat in her arms. Marianne Gordon, then wife of Kenny Rogers, lent Parton the fur coat after the famous singer split her gown sitting down moments earlier.
“It was just a strain on it,” she’d say later, after the gown was repaired by an aide. “It was real thin material.”
She didn’t shy away from explaining the rip to the crowd of 5,000, however. “My daddy said that’s what I get for putting 50 pounds of mud in a five-pound bag,” she quipped.
Tabloids enjoyed the story as much then as they would today.