Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig exiting fashion house

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday. “While I have made the dif…

Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig is leaving the luxury fashion house.

The designer, who co-founded the company with Georgina Chapman in 2004, announced her resignation via a statement released by her representative on Tuesday.

“While I have made the difficult decision to part ways with Marchesa, I have tremendous pride in the company, the team, and the many successes achieved,” Craig said. “Marchesa will always be the realisation of a dream. Over the last 16 years, it has been the most incredible and fulfilling professional journey. I am excited to now begin exploring additional creative opportunities and to push my potential as a designer in new directions.”

It’s been a rough 18 months for the New York-based fashion house, after Chapman’s estranged husband Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, abuse and rape by a number of women in a series of exposes in U.S. newspapers, allegations he has denied.

The 43-year-old, who shares daughter India and son Dashiell with the disgraced movie producer, was forced to cancel the Marchesa fall 2018 runway show in the wake of the scandal, and the label has not appeared on the fashion calendar since.

Some Hollywood stars began boycotting the brand, but Scarlett Johansson braved the critics in May last year as she stepped out in a Marchesa gown at the Met Gala.

Priyanka Chopra was then spotted wearing a sleeveless gown by the fashion house at her bridal shower before her wedding to Nick Jonas in December, and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour even threw her support behind the company, urging people to have compassion for Chapman.

“I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner,” the 69-year-old insisted in an interview last year.

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Constance Wu’s Crazy Rich Asians dress to be displayed at Smithsonian

Constance Wu’s iconic Crazy Rich Asians dress is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.In the hit 2018 romcom directed by Jon M. Chu, Wu’s character Rachel Chu wears the blue Marchesa gown with tulle skirt and floral a…

Constance Wu’s iconic Crazy Rich Asians dress is to go on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

In the hit 2018 romcom directed by Jon M. Chu, Wu’s character Rachel Chu wears the blue Marchesa gown with tulle skirt and floral appliques when attending a high-profile wedding in defiance of her boyfriend’s disapproving mother Eleanor Young (Michelle Yeoh), with the moment proving to be a pivotal and memorable scene for fans.

Now, Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have announced that they are donating the ensemble to the prestigious institution as part of an event titled The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian Pacific Americans.

“It became a Cinderella dress for people,” filmmaker Chu told The Los Angeles Times of the dress. “I remember seeing moms make it for their little girls, I remember seeing women wear it with a sense of pride. It became literally a fairy tale dress for people. We talked about how this would make her feel and how powerful it would be for her – and that it’s also her choice to wear.”

The original Grecian-style dress appeared in Marchesa’s fall 2016 collection and featured long sleeves. However, the sleeves had to be removed for the production of Crazy Rich Asians, and the museum will be displaying the altered version. It will be presented alongside Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and Batman’s cowl from Batman and Robin.

Theodore S. Gonzalves, curator in the division of culture and community life, added that the dress is an important symbol of representation for Asian Pacific Americans in film and media.

“The film’s use of fashion is not merely decorative or secondary,” he said in a statement. “The cast’s clothing plays a crucial role in marking social class among its characters-from multi-generational moneyed elites of Peranakan (Straits-born Chinese immigrants), to the nouveau riche strivers of Singapore, to working-class Chinese immigrants in the United States and their Asian-American model minority progeny.”

The Party: A Smithsonian Celebration of Asian Pacific Americans will take place on 18 May.

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Scarlett Johansson wears Marchesa design to 2018 Met Gala

Scarlett Johansson has become the first A-list star to wear a Marchesa gown in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.The Ghost in the Shell actress stepped out in a dark red gown with ombre tulle skirt to the event held at the Metropolitan Museum of…

Scarlett Johansson has become the first A-list star to wear a Marchesa gown in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.

The Ghost in the Shell actress stepped out in a dark red gown with ombre tulle skirt to the event held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Monday night (07May18), while her Saturday Night Live actor beau Colin Jost donned a Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo.

While Johansson looked gorgeous in the dress, her choice of ensemble also marked a return to the spotlight for Marchesa, which is co-designed by Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman, and has faced an unofficial Hollywood boycott since news of the disgraced movie mogul’s alleged sexual misconduct broke last year (17). Weinstein has denied all accusations.

Johansson has not yet commented on her choice of outfit for the fashion bash, which was themed Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, while representatives for Chapman and Marchesa have also declined to talk about the star’s glamorous gown.

British designer Chapman, who runs Marchesa alongside co-founder Keren Craig, has largely stayed out of the public eye since the Weinstein scandal emerged. In October, she announced that she was divorcing Weinstein, and cancelled the Marchesa runway show which was due to be held as part of New York Fashion Week in February.

Chapman and Craig instead chose to unveil their fall/winter 2018 collection via a digital presentation.

In recent months, some high-profile names in the fashion industry have shared their support for Chapman and Marchesa, with Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) president Diane von Furstenberg, among those to rally around her.

“Georgina is a great designer, engaged board member, devoted mother and good friend,” the designer told The Hollywood Reporter in April. “We all support her.”

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Top designers cheer Georgina Chapman as she returns to CFDA

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movi…

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman was greeted with cheers and applause as she returned to work recently.

The Marchesa designer has kept a low profile since allegations of sexual harassment and rape were levelled against disgraced movie producer Weinstein in October (17), but she eased herself back into the world of fashion last month (Mar18).

As well as returning to her label, Chapman also attended a Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA) board meeting, where her fellow CFDA members welcomed her with open arms.

Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger were among the CFDA members to cheer and applaud the British fashion star as she walked into the room.

“We were all happy to see her,” von Furstenberg said, reports The Hollywood Reporter. “Georgina is a great designer, engaged board member, devoted mother and good friend. We all support her.”

Despite the warm welcome, a source close to Chapman said her calm demeanour was shattered when she left the meeting in New York and was mobbed by paparazzi.

“She was so upset — she doesn’t know who tipped them off,” the friend revealed. “She feels she can’t go anywhere without being descended upon, and she is very worried about the safety of her children.”

Chapman married Weinstein in 2007, and together they have daughter India, seven, and five-year-old son Dashiell.

As well as multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, it has also been claimed that Weinstein pressured actresses including Sienna Miller and Felicity Huffman to wear Marchesa designs on the red carpet.

Earlier this year, Marchesa, the luxury label Chapman created with Keren Craig in 2004, cancelled its New York Fashion Week runway show in favour of a digital presentation.

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