Scarlett Johansson is standing by her decision to wear Marchesa to the Met Gala, ending a silent celebrity boycott against the line.
The high-end fashion brand hasn’t featured on the red carpet as A-listers refuse to wear clothing from the label co-founded by Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman, the estranged wife of alleged serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.
The film boss was outed in newspaper exposes published late last year (Oct17) and over 90 women have since come forward with stories of sex abuse and misconduct against Weinstein, and although Chapman announced she was leaving her embattled husband shortly after the fallout began, Marchesa still suffered a huge blow to business as a result.
Scarlett donned a burgundy Marchesa gown to the Met Gala in New York City on Monday (07May18) night, giving the brand its first high-profile red carpet appearance since the sex scandal broke, and even though her choice to sport the label has angered some critics, The Avengers: Infinity War beauty feels she made the right decision.
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” the 33-year-old star, who attended the ball with new boyfriend Colin Jost, wrote in a statement to People.
Scarlett, who has openly supported the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up anti-sexual harassment movements, commissioned the gown, and representatives for Marchesa are grateful to have worked with her throughout the bespoke design process.
“We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala,” a spokesperson wrote in a statement. “She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”
Brand founder and designer Georgina Chapman has kept a low profile personally and professionally since her husband’s scandal hit the headlines, choosing to cancel the Marchesa show at New York Fashion Week in February (18) to avoid potential contempt from critics.
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