Jen Shah’s “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reunion drama started before she even got to New York.
Shah, 46, told Page Six Style that her custom JXA by Koa Johnson gown almost didn’t make the flight with her for the taping.
“Koa was running to the airport to hand me the gown when I was getting on the plane, because there’s little tweaks along the way. [With] a custom gown, there’s hundreds and hundreds of hours … every little sequin, every little feather is sewn on, and it’s very, very intensive,” she said in a recent interview.
“So it took a good three solid weeks with six, seven people working on the gown.”
Shah said the dress was a collaboration based on the color palette and theme that Bravo gave the cast.
“I kind of told him, ‘Here’s kind of what I like. Here’s kind of what I’m envisioning. I want one big sleeve, dramatic,’” she recalled.
“And then he sketches it out and then our team sources the fabric and we start going from there and putting it all together. We had to get the sketch approved. And, you know, when you’re making a custom couture dress, you don’t have the gown. So you have to show them a sketch, show them the fabric, show them the details so they can say yes, and then you can go and make it.”
Luckily, her dress arrived in time for what Shah called a pretty “explosive” reunion.
She said it was emotional reliving some of the tension she faced with Coach Shah after her outburst at his birthday party, adding that it was difficult to discuss social justice issues with her cast mates. She was grateful that her husband joined for the taping — and gave her one of his best pep talks ever, no less.
“Oh my gosh, Coach Shah was the star of the reunion,” she gushed. “I’m not even kidding. He was the star of the reunion. He definitely got best dressed for the men. You know, he was in true Coach Shah fashion, inspirational, motivational.”
As for her co-stars, she teased, “My relationship with everyone, for the most part, is good. I’ve talked to quite a few of the ladies after reunion. They call, text. So, yeah. I think people will be very surprised, though. There was some doozies that happened that day.”
Now that the drama is behind her, Shah joked that she isn’t quite ready to hang up that dress.
“I’m just going to walk around in it. Just walk around the house and, you know, throw it on for Coach Shah,” she laughed. “You know, Coach Shah to the bedroom! Coach Shah to the bedroom! Reunion, part two!”
“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” reunion airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.