updated 04/17/2013 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/20/2013 AT 1:05 PM ET
When she learned her husband, Garth Brooks, would be singing at the April 7 Academy of Country Music Awards alongside his hero George Strait, Trisha Yearwood began searching for “arm candy” attire to wear to the Las Vegas event.
That’s when she spied that dress – a form-fitting Stella McCartney column that she’d first admired on Kate Winslet in 2011. “I’d been working hard and losing inches, but I wondered, ‘Can I fit into that?’” Yearwood recalls. The answer was a jaw-dropping yes. “It was tight!” says Yearwood, but “I felt confident. It was a wow dress.”