Melissa McCarthy earned herself quite a bit of sympathy recently for saying that no one would agree to dress her for the 2012 Oscars, but now a designer is calling her out on that statement, saying he tried to create a dress for her but was turned down.
The designer is Christian Siriano, who won the fourth season of Project Runway, and according to a new interview he did with the New York Daily News, he ‘met with her people’ at the time because he was interested in dressing her, and wanted to collaborate with her team to make it happen. And contrary to what she’s saying now, Christian says the reason that collaboration didn’t take place had less to do with him and more to do with Melissa herself.
“She and her stylist chose the fabric and the beading. Quite frankly she was quite difficult to work with. She wanted some specific things that I thought would not look good on her body. And she was not comfortable with them in the end.”
Innnnteresting, no? Especially because it directly contradicts the story that Melissa told in the July issue of Redbook Magazine, in which she claims that she was so disheartened by being rejected by designer that she elected to start her very own plus-size line.
“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
Crappy, no? I have nothing but sympathy if that’s actually what happened, but now that Christian points it out, it does seem very odd that fashion houses would turn down the opportunity to dress an actual nominee — Melissa was up for Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids, which guaranteed her automatic on-camera time and interviews.
Bottom line, I feel for Melissa if people actually refused to dress her on account of her weight, but if she’s out there spreading falsehoods about designers like Christian who were eager to work with her, I can’t see that her own actions are any less deplorable.