Contrary to speculation, it appears Jennifer Lawrence's dress didn't necessarily rip at Sunday night's Screen Actor's Guild awards show in Los Angeles (above photo, right).
We did some due diligence and seem to have zeroed in on the issue -- though the case on this couture mystery can only be closed if Lawrence's dress tailor, stylist Rachel Zoe, Dior or Lawrence herself explain what really happened. 1/29 UPDATE: A Dior rep tells Entertainment Weekly that Lawrence's dress was "made with different levels of tulle and satin... It was not ripped and there was no malfunction… it was the design of the gown."
Here's the play-by-play (also see video below): Lawrence's name was called inside L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium when she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her performance in "Silver Linings Playbook." The 22-year-old actress cupped her hands over her mouth in an expression of complete surprise. Lawrence got up, hugged a few comrades at her table, got a kiss and a hug from -- ooh la la -- her SLP co-star Bradley Cooper.
Examine Jennifer Lawrence's momentary wardrobe malfunctions as she walks up to the stage to accept her first SAG Award:
Mere moments later, we get our first hint at a possible dress disaster -- one that onlookers, including Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard, visibly reacted to. Wearing a navy Christian Dior couture gown, Lawrence negotiated a narrow passageway in between tables. She emerged with her thighs momentarily visible. Then they magically disappeared underneath the dress.
But as Lawrence walked up to the stage steps to accept her award from SLP co-star Robert DeNiro, the dress messed up again. She was visibly stunned as a lower tier appeared to simply drop -- again, momentarily exposing her thighs. Then, again, magically, the dress returned to normal.
The fashion savvy have observed that Lawrence's Dior Spring-Summer 2013 dress is tiered. And when the award-winning actress hoisted up her dress to make extra room for walking, she unwittingly grabbed the top tier, leaving the bottom one still sagging low to the ground. The sheer panel that exposed her thighs was part of the lower tier and was not intended for our eyes.
Lawrence handled it like a pro and went on to deliver a touching and memorable acceptance speech. The irony is, she almost didn't make it to the show! She has been ill with walking pneumonia, which kept her from attending the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards the night before. The actress did, however, say she was feeling much better on SAG night, revealing in the backstage press room after she won her award, "I got a really cool inhaler."
Incidentally, Lawrence and fellow SAG winner of the evening Anne Hathaway were both styled by Zoe, who also styled a SAG winner's wife of the night, Jennifer Garner (hubby Ben Affleck's "Argo" won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture). Zoe knows how to pick the winners! Lawrence's Dior gown, which Zoe styled with Chopard jewelry and Jimmy Choo heels, was by Belgian designer Raf Simons. Simons has some explaining to do today!
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