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“UGLY BETTY” MARKDOWNS: The recession has hit the closet of editrix Wilhelmina Slater of ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” the role played by Vanessa Williams. “With the economic situation what it is, we scaled down in terms of the type of clothing that we’re getting,” said Williams, who has been nominated for two Emmys, during a visit to Dallas on Tuesday night. “There was a Naeem Kahn dress that went for $3,000, and they watched it and watched and by the time we got it, it was like $800. So we are being mindful of the budget and waiting for markdowns on Ugly Betty.”
Still, Williams said she’s worn Rachel Roy, Giambattista Valli, Dolce & Gabbana and some vintage Thierry Mugler for the third season, which premieres Oct. 9. “With the Mugler, which we did a lot last season, we’ve gone through a lot of stuff that is late Eighties, early Nineties, which is fantastic — a lot of stuff I used to wear when I was recording back in the day,” she noted. “So I would have déjà vu moments of, ‘Didn’t I wear this on stage already?’” Williams was in Dallas to copromote Dress for Success and its benefactor, Botox, which has donated $250,000 to the charity.