Once upon a time after Fundy Christmas, my parents were discussing my aunt's dress (as we often did).
My mother: Why must she wear those dresses which look like Laura's dresses from Little House on the Prairie?
My father: LOOK like?! It IS a dress from Little House on the Prairie!
Mom: But seriously -
Dad: No, I mean it is the ACTUAL dress, woman! Laura was wearing it on the episode I saw last night!
I of course thought he was exaggerating, but then lo and behold, I saw the dress in person on a rerun of the offending episode (movie?), and it was the literal, actual, in-your-face dress, there on Melissa Gilbert.
Red and black plaid, if I recall correctly, with some sort of wide white fichu type furbelow around the neck.
I wondered if the costume designer was getting residuals, because clearly some Modesty Wear designer had a lightbulb go off over their head to copy Little House dresses and sell them to the fundagelical.
I, too, admit I thought my father was making it up; or had seen some dress "something" like in the family of Laura's red-and-black plaid; but no. He did indeed mean the actual, literal copy of the dress, which I knew because in retrospect I had seen my aunt in many a Christmas photo wearing it.