Anne Hathaway Apologizes to Good Friend Valentino for ‘Difficult’ Oscar Dress Snub
Hathaway and Valentino in September. (Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
The Best Supporting Actress winner explained on Tuesday that the pale pink Prada gown with the unfortunately placed darts was not her first choice. Instead, a Valentino with embroidered tulle illusion and a high neck was going to be her pick -- until the night before the big ceremony.
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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," the "Les Misérables" star -- who has been good friends with Valentino Garavani for years and even wore his design for her September 2012 wedding -- tells People magazine. "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."
Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried at the Oscars (Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
That other dress she feared was so close to her Valentino selection? An Alexander McQueen creation draped on none other than her "Les Mis" co-star, Amanda Seyfried! According to Us Weekly, Hathaway asked Seyfried to send her a photo of her own dress on Saturday and when she did, "an aghast Hathaway quickly changed course, ultimately going with the controversial Prada dress."
Hopefully, Valentino won't hold a grudge. In September, just days before Hathaway married Adam Shulman, the iconic designer gushed to E! Online that he "did the dress" for her big day. "She's a very good friend of mine," he added. "She's like my daughter!"
In that case, let's hope Hathaway is merely just "grounded" and won't lose her Valentino privileges!