Meryl's Chanel Oscar Dress Saga Explained

WHILE the Oscars are undoubtedly about celebrating cinematic talent, a major component of the ceremony is, of course, what the stars choose to wear and as this year's hype starts to reach fever pitch, a story has sprung up concerning nominee Meryl Streep's chosen gown for the occasion.

Meryl Streep at the 2017 SAG Awards

Meryl Streep at the 2017 SAG Awards

Meryl Streep at the 2017 SAG Awards

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According to a WWD interview with long-term Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, the celebrated actress requested a dress from the French house's recent couture collection be modified in its atelier so that she could wear it for the occasion. “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld told WWD. However, the designer revealed that shortly afterwards, he received a message that said: "Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us."

“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros, we found later we had to pay for her to wear it. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Lagerfeld continued, adding, “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”Where To Watch The Oscars 2017

Where To Watch The Oscars 2017


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Streep's camp have firmly refuted the reports, telling The Hollywood Reporter "that the statement is absolutely false, and that it is against her personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet".

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The WWD report, however, continued to say that should Streep decide to wear the gown, it is still hers for the taking. “She could keep the dress because of the size,” Lagerfeld said. “It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”

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