After a tumultuous year in which the media and the political sphere collided, 2017 could shape up to be the year in which fashion enters the fray too.
Meryl Streep, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony, used her acceptance speech as an opportunity to draw attention to the political.
The actress criticized President-elect Donald Trump for his bullying tendencies, specifically related to a 2015 incident in which he mocked a disabled New York Times reporter.
“This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”
While Trump himself responded to Streep’s remarks by criticizing her acting chops, conservative pundits went further by criticizing Streep’s style choices, of all things.
Taking a break from circulating conspiracy theories and calling for Hillary Clinton’s arrest, Roger Stone, a conservative commentator and host of the Stone Cold Truth radio show, took the time to tweet that Streep’s dress was a “disaster” (something he’s singularly qualified to do).
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) January 9, 2017
What Stone may not know was that Streep wore a custom-made Givenchy haute couture gown designed by the brand’s artistic director, Riccardo Tisci, to last night’s ceremony and was the only celebrity to wear a design from the French fashion house. The final product took a team of four people 400 hours to create.
According to a Givenchy representative, Streep’s exclusive dress continues the brand’s longstanding tradition of dressing only one star for an awards show. (Typically, it’s an actress who’s had a standout year.) Last year, Givenchy outfitted Cate Blanchett in a blush pink gown; in 2015, it was Julianne Moore who wore a silver sequined Givenchy dress.
Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, also commented on Streep’s sartorial choices (and Hollywood at-large), saying on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, “Talking about how vilified poor Hollywood is, in their gazillion-dollar gowns. Can I borrow a couple of those for the inaugural address?”