Sharon Stone had to put together an outfit from her own wardrobe for the 1996 Oscars after her custom-made gown was ruined by a FedEx driver.
The actress shunned the traditional gown and walked the red carpet in a more casual ensemble featuring a grey turtleneck, black Valentino skirt, and Armani tuxedo dress at the 1996 event, where she was nominated for the first time for her role in Casino.
But during a recent chat with Naomi Campbell on her YouTube series No Filter with Naomi, the 62-year-old revealed that she was supposed to wear an outfit by Vera Wang but had to make a last-minute change due to the delivery driver mishap.
“Vera (Wang) was making me two dresses and we were trying to make one from this Fortuny fabric, and it kept stretching and changing and moving, so we weren’t quite sure it was going to come together but we were experimenting,” she explained. “We were making this other great dress, this pink dress, and it came and the FedEx guy dropped it out of the back of his truck and backed up over it. The box broke open and the dress had a black tire track across the whole of the front of (it). The day before the Oscars.”
Stone admitted she “freaked out” and called up Ellen Mirojnick, the Basic Instinct costume designer, and she pulled together an outfit from her wardrobe.
“I just kept throwing (clothes) on the bedroom floor, and she just kept sitting there looking at them like it was a science problem,” the star recalled. “She eventually started putting things together, so we ended up putting together this Gap shirt and a ready-to-wear Valentino skirt, then I had this Armani tuxedo dress that I wore as a jacket, and I picked a Gardenia out of the garden… And that was it.”
She added that her mother noticed a large hole in the armpit of her top and sewed it as she was leaving for the event, and predicted that Susan Sarandon would beat her to the Best Actress prize. Her “psychic” mum turned out to be right.
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