Anne Hathaway was not the only one to ditch her first-choice dress for the Oscars last Sunday. Page Six is reporting that Django Unchained star Kerry Washington was supposed to wear a custom-made Marchesa gown created by Georgina Chapman. This is a big deal since Chapman happens to be married to Django Unchained producer Harvey Weinstein.
One fashion insider told Page Six, "Isn't it career kamikaze to upset Harvey's wife on such an important night?"
Washington wound up on many fashionistas' best-dressed lists for her coral Miu Miu dress with gorgeous beading at the top of the gown. While both Marchesa's and Washington's reps declined to comment to Page Six, the controversy reinforces what a big business the red carpet has become for designers.
Anne Hathaway endured her own Oscar-night dress fiasco when she didn't wear the custom Valentino dress made for the big event. Instead, she chose a pale pink Prada gown that merited its own Twitter account. Unfortunately, Valentino had earlier sent out a press release proclaiming that the Oscar winner would be donning one of that designer's gowns. Hathaway issued an apologetic statement to People on Tuesday.
She said, "Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused."
Of course, that isn't the only Oscars drama when it comes to elegant gowns. Poor Jennifer Lawrence tripped over her Dior Haute Couture dress while ascending the stage to collect her Best Actress statuette.
At this point, all of the designers must be ready to put GownGate 2013 to rest.
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