Anna Nicole Smith’s ex Larry Birkhead dresses their daughter Dannielynn, 15, in one of Janet Jackson’s old outfits for Kentucky Derby gala… where they get to MEET the pop star herself

Anna Nicole Smith’s ex Larry Birkhead brought their daughter Dannielynn, 15, to the Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville on the eve of the Kentucky Derby.

Dannielynn was dressed in a statement outfit, the swank men’s suit Janet Jackson wore to the same gala in 2003, which her father bought at a charity auction.

In a touch of serendipity, Janet was also attending this year’s event, where a source exclusively tells DailyMail.com she saw Dannielynn and exclaimed: ‘That’s my outfit!’

Family time: Anna Nicole Smith’s ex Larry Birkhead brought their daughter Dannielynn, 15, to the Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville on the eve of the Kentucky Derby

Throwback: Dannielynn was dressed in a statement outfit her father bought at a charity auction - the swank men's suit Janet Jackson wore to the same gala in 2003 (pictured)

Throwback: Dannielynn was dressed in a statement outfit her father bought at a charity auction – the swank men’s suit Janet Jackson wore to the same gala in 2003 (pictured)

Janet showered praise on Dannielynn, saying: ‘You look so amazing. It’s so cute!’ to which the teenager replied: ‘Thank you, I love it!’

Larry is a devoted Janet Jackson fan and, while working as a photojournalist, even snapped her while she was wearing the ensemble that Dannielynn wore this Friday. 

‘I recognized the outfit having photographed Janet at the party in 2003 as a photographer and I thought it would be cool for Dannielynn to have,’ he said.

Larry told DailyMail.com that his daughter ‘thought it was very cool. She loves Janet’s music and she really thinks Janet has cool style.’

All together: In a touch of serendipity Janet was also attending this year's event, where a source exclusively tells DailyMail.com she saw Dannielynn and exclaimed: 'That's my outfit!'

All together: In a touch of serendipity Janet was also attending this year’s event, where a source exclusively tells DailyMail.com she saw Dannielynn and exclaimed: ‘That’s my outfit!’

Trio: Janet showered praise on Dannielynn, saying: 'You look so amazing. It’s so cute!' to which the teenager replied: 'Thank you, I love it!'

Trio: Janet showered praise on Dannielynn, saying: ‘You look so amazing. It’s so cute!’ to which the teenager replied: ‘Thank you, I love it!’

Old connections: Larry is a devoted Janet Jackson fan and, while working as a photojournalist, even snapped her while she was wearing the ensemble that Dannielynn wore this Friday

Old connections: Larry is a devoted Janet Jackson fan and, while working as a photojournalist, even snapped her while she was wearing the ensemble that Dannielynn wore this Friday

Meanwhile Dannielynn, who is learning guitar and can play Janet’s song Black Cat, got her Les Paul instrument signed by Richie Sambora that night.

Richie, who shot to international fame as the lead guitarist in Bon Jovi, was performing at this year’s Barnstable Brown Gala.

The event has a special significance for Larry and Dannielynn, as Anna Nicole first met Larry at the 2003 Barnstable Brown Gala.

The thrill of it all: Larry told DailyMail.com that his daughter 'thought it was very cool' to get the outfit as 'She loves Janet’s music and she really thinks Janet has cool style'

The thrill of it all: Larry told DailyMail.com that his daughter ‘thought it was very cool’ to get the outfit as ‘She loves Janet’s music and she really thinks Janet has cool style’

Meanwhile: Dannielynn, who is learning guitar and can play Janet's song Black Cat, got her Les Paul instrument signed by Richie Sambora that night

Meanwhile: Dannielynn, who is learning guitar and can play Janet’s song Black Cat, got her Les Paul instrument signed by Richie Sambora that night

History: The event has a special significance for Larry and Dannielynn, as Anna Nicole first met Larry at the 2003 Barnstable Brown Gala

History: The event has a special significance for Larry and Dannielynn, as Anna Nicole first met Larry at the 2003 Barnstable Brown Gala

Three days after Dannielynn was born her half-brother Daniel died of a drug overdose, and five months later so did Anna Nicole.

Anna Nicole, who listed her boyfriend Howard K. Stern as Dannielynn’s father on the birth certificate, left her entire estate to her daughter upon her death.

A string of men including Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ninth husband claimed to be Dannielynn’s real father until a DNA test confirmed that it was Larry.

Tragic: Three days after Dannielynn was born, her half-brother Daniel died of a drug overdose, and five months later, so did Anna Nicole (pictured)

Tragic: Three days after Dannielynn was born, her half-brother Daniel died of a drug overdose, and five months later, so did Anna Nicole (pictured)

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