Anne Hathaway Apologizes for Oscars Wardrobe Switch

She blames it on "a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear."

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She may have won an Oscar on Sunday night, but Anne Hathaway was a red-carpet loser in this satin Prada dress, which had odd pleating that emphasized her nipples in quite an unflattering way.

When Anne Hathaway ditched her planned Valentino Oscars dress for a much-reviled powder-pink Prada column at the eleventh hour, it was tantamount to her bringing a close male friend instead of her husband. Valentino’s team was so confident that she’d wear their gown that they sent out a press release early on Oscars day to confirm the news. The choice seemed natural; Hathaway and Valentino Garavani have a storied father-daughter relationship–they ski in the Alps together, he custom-designed her dress for her September 2012 wedding to Adam Schulman, and he has stated that the actress is “like his daughter.”

So when she turned up in the Prada on Sunday and told red carpet reporters that, “I didn’t know what I was wearing until two hours ago. I tried on a lot of dresses, but at the end of the day, I loved the simplicity of it,” the story was only half-true. Given her close ties to Valentino and the rumors surrounding the switch, Hathaway released a statement yesterday concerning the matter:

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“It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans. 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.”

Though the statement declines to name the would-be similarly-dressed actress, it is widely assumed that it was her Les Miserables costar Amanda Seyfried’s pale, custom Alexander McQueen halter gown that worried Hathaway and sent her styling team scrambling for an alternative. As for who leaked Seyfried’s dress in advance, WWD points a finger at Jennifer Aniston, the only major star who wore Valentino on Oscar night. “It wasn’t clear how news of the other dress came to Hathaway’s attention, but a good guess is that it was a source close to home: Jennifer Aniston, who is also repped by [Hathaway’s rep Stephen] Huvane, wore a red strapless Valentino gown to the ceremony,” the publication wrote.

If all that chatter holds truth, it explains why the Prada was so different from her usual romantic, princess-silhouette gowns–especially on a night when her Oscar dreams were so certain to “come true.” What seems like an excess of hot air around a dress swap also largely boils down to the simple fact that Hathaway’s snap decision was so unpopular. The dress was confusingly constructed in the chest area and was paired with a superfluous, backwards Tiffany’s necklace. Regardless, the dress and its drama had no bad karma on Hathaway–she went home with the Best Supporting Actress trophy.


The fact that a story like this "makes it to press" (to borrow an old media term) is depressing.

A Hollywood celebrity makes a last-minute wardrobe change. BFD ("big freaking deal"). Nobody cares!

How does something like this get published on a professional newssite??

Is it any wonder that former media titans - TIME being one of them - are going the way of the dinosaur??


"the dress and its drama had no bad karma on Hathaway–she went home with the Best Supporting Actress trophy."

You do know that the award had been decided ahead of time and she would have won even if she had worn a potato sack...right?


@mrbomb13 Least you forget, some people live for news from the "stars".  The bottom line is if there wasn't a demand for these things, they wouldn't print it.  And you (and I) commented here, so obviously, SOMEONE cares enough to spend the time here to post - which puts ads before readers eyes and that's what counts to media.  (I use AdBlock so I don't see the ads anymore, so the ads were seen by you.  Time thanks you for your support.)

The rest is merely filler.


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