Kerry Washington risks Harvey Weinstein’s wrath by refusing to wear Marchesa

Kerry Washington’s Miu Miu gown was one of my favorite looks at the Oscars. It was simple, classic, gorgeous, flattering, and she styled the gown beautifully. But today’s Page Six has an interesting backstory on how Kerry chose her gown for the Oscars. Kerry was invited to the Oscars to present, and because her film Django Unchained was up for several awards. Django was produced by Harvey Weinstein, who is a long-time supporter of Quentin Tarantino’s work. When Harvey produces a film and put his efforts into an Oscar campaign, you know what happens? The female stars of Harvey’s films end up wearing Marchesa, the label co-designed by Harvey’s wife Georgina Chapman. So why didn’t Kerry wear Marchesa, like, at all? Well, Page Six claims that Chapman had made a special Marchesa gown specifically for Kerry… and Kerry still went with the Miu Miu gown:

“Django Unchained” star Kerry Washington risked the wrath of Harvey Weinstein after his wife Georgina Chapman’s fashion line Marchesa created a stunning custom-made gown for her to wear to the Oscars — but the actress decided not to wear it at the last minute. Washington opted instead for a coral Miu Miu frock.

Some in the fashion business wondered, “Isn’t it career kamikaze to upset Harvey’s wife on such an important night?”

A Marchesa rep declined to comment. Washington’s rep didn’t respond.

[From Page Six]

Oooooh. There will be hell to pay! Kerry will never work on one of Harvey’s films again! Or something. Isn’t it interesting that not only did Kerry carefully avoid wearing Marchesa, but Harvey’s other starlet, Jennifer Lawrence, also managed to avoid the Marchesa fate too? Jennifer had a better excuse – she signed on to be the newest face of Dior at the beginning of the awards season, so it was pretty much required that she wear Dior to every major event. Kerry didn’t have the same excuse. She just didn’t want to wear Marchesa’s crappy, budget ice-skater designs.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. marie says:

    good for her. I have yet to see a Marchesa gown that I like (and I doubt I ever will)

    • LadyMTL says:

      Same here! I never understood the allure of Marchesa. To me it’s all uber frilly, overwrought, frou-frou stuff that would never have been popular if Weinstein weren’t involved.

      • Me Three says:

        The only reason there is a Marchesa brand is because of Harvey. Georgina started in in 2004–when she began hooking up with Harvey. The only people who wear her God Awful creations are the poor schmucks who need to impress Harvey. It’s sad to me that someone with absolutely no taste and no vision is touted as a major fashion brand while fashion designers without sugar daddies don’t have a chance!

    • V4Real says:

      +2 I’m glad she wore what she felt good in. She looked beautiful.

    • Penny says:

      Fan Bing Bing wore an OK Marchesa to the Vanity Fair party. While it wasn’t ice-skater frilly, it was a giant hot pink ball gown, though, so YMMV.

  2. Ms Kay says:

    Good on her, you go girl! Who the hell does he think he is? Kerry already had a career before any Weinstein equation now even if he doesn’t work with her anymore she will keep doing interesting projects. Now pluh-eaaase, Marchesa better take an everlasting cheap seat just like his gowns and other dresses.

  3. Maria says:

    most women would rather sleep with harvey than wear those godawful dresses.

  4. Lisa says:

    Could not agree more. She looked great, I loved her dress and styling. Generally hate Marchesa’s frou-frou gowns.

  5. MsAubra says:

    G’head boo!

  6. Eve says:

    “Isn’t it interesting that not only did Kerry carefully avoid wearing Marchesa, but Harvey’s other starlet, Jennifer Lawrence, also managed to avoid the Marchesa fate too? Jennifer had a better excuse – she signed on to be the newest face of Dior at the beginning of the awards season, so it was pretty much required that she wear Dior to every major event.”

    That’s it, girls!!! That’s the trick: you sign on to be the face of any fashion brand out there — and I mean ANY, even Stella McCartney — so you can have a good excuse NOT to wear Marchesa.

  7. Aria says:

    Is Georgina Chapman pregnant?
    I hate her dresses but that Miu Miu one isn’t better.

    • Hannah says:

      She is expecting her second child.

    • m says:

      Yes she is pregnant. I think she is due in April or May.
      Agreed on the Miu Miu on not being any better. I just find it funny how Georgina always ends up with the best dresses from her collections, I love the gown she is wearing here. Too bad the rest are so awful.

      • Rachel says:

        OMG. I do not want to even think about procreating with that… man(?). I’ll just tell myself she used a turkey baster or something.

    • Fran says:

      Yes, sorry but CANNOT see what’s good about that MIU MIU dress, looks like Marchesa barf on the top part. Meh.

  8. brin says:

    The fitting room is the new casting couch! Good for Kerry, I loved her Miu Miu dress!

  9. Seagulls says:

    I really like the maternity gown that woman (Georgina? Karen?) is wearing. It would be prettier in a sky blue or a grey green, but it’s lovely.

  10. heyu says:

    He better not threaten olivia pope, she would handel him lol.

    Jokes aside “thank God kerry didn’t wear that mess of a label”, harvey needs to clam his fat ass down

  11. Gia says:

    The more I see and hear about this Kerry Washington broad, the more I like her. And her dress was my favourite of the night. By far!

  12. Deb says:

    Score that win for Kerry *high five*. Marchesa is totally fug.

  13. Talie says:

    Yeah, because Harvey was really going to put her in the lead of any of his movies…I think she just saw the writing on the wall.

  14. Alicia says:

    Kerry is morphing into Kimmie K!!!

  15. Hubbahun says:

    I’m gonna whisper this…I kinda like Georgina’s dress…sorry! Sorry! Don’t beat me up!! Although I’d like it better as a top, over jeans .

  16. GoodCapon says:

    It’s too scary to think that one man has so much power and control over award-handing at the Oscars.

    • Kim says:

      He is the sole reason Jennifer Lawrence won. She was ok in the movie but not Oscar worthy at all. Some people have no problem selling their souls.

      • carol says:

        do you mean that Hollywood stars, including Lawrence, sleep with this man just to get an oscar?

    • Oops says:

      Yeshe must know bad things about a lot of people for being so powerful, wonder if it’s true that you have to sleep with him in order to have your ticket for the success, if they do that it’s pathetic

  17. dcypher1 says:

    I dont like marchesa either they are too costum like.

  18. Miss M says:

    From now on, I am Kerry’s fan, :)

  19. Gine says:

    Good for her. She looked great, and that Marchesa crap is so ugly and overdone. All their gowns look like what a five-year-old girl going through her princess phase would design.

  20. mar says:

    good for her! That Marchesa looks like figure skating garb.

  21. Anne says:

    I totally laughed my ass off when I read “a stunning custom-made gown (from Marchesa)”.

  22. Jo says:

    Don’t know anything about fashion but georgina Chapman looks stunning much better than most of these actresses that where at the oscars. I’m clueless when it comes to fashion so I googled marchesa and you know what they aren’t that bad at all sorry lol. And I saw pictures of Kerry with georgina so it looks like they are friends, but maybe not now, I’m interested to see what happened.

    I don’t get why harvey has to force people to wear his wife’s designs, if they want to wear them they will, if they don’t they don’t, that’s the industry. I doubt all those who wear marchesa is to please him.

    But what is up with his wife. Is she stuck or something in this marriage in the sense that if she ever left him her career would be over? Doesn’t she want her integrity? It’s kinda sad she be a normal designer who gets credit for herself but seems to be bound by harvey and his shady business. Or maybe it isn’t like that and they are all mature and don’t care they Kerry didnt wear her dress and Kerry didnt mean anything by not choosing marchesa?

    • Marianne says:

      Weinstein is an absolute prick, who likes to have control over women. There are numerous stories about the things he made women do to get parts in his movies and what not. And Yes, I think Georgiana only puts up with him because he gets people to wear her designs.

      • Jo says:

        Oh believe me I know all about Harvey’s reputation. I detest him. But georgina is beautiful woman, she could any other powerful men in Hollywood who are nicer and better looking.

        What’s up with her that she had to get with him as the only way to get her business going. And it’s sad really that it’s like this, she won’t know who her real friends as do they only want her dresses to impress harvey and wouldn’t she be embarrassed that he’s forcing people to wear her dresses and they aren’t being worn of her own merit. It’s becomes a more complicated, shady business and the fashion industry is already difficult. I’ve seen project runway all stars she seems like a lovely person and I feel bad for her that she’s in situations like this. Unless that’s an act and she is just as much a nasty piece of work as he is?

      • carol says:

        what are the stories?

      • Aud says:

        His wife is there for one thing…it’s called money. Let’s not feel too sorry for her.

  23. Marianne says:

    I cant wait until harvey falls in a well somewhere.

  24. Faye says:

    Everybody dumped their first choice for Prada this Oscars, didn’t they? Although in this case, the choice was a good one — Kerry looked gorgeous. Hopefully there will be no fallout for her profesionally. Harvey just seems like a vindictive, nasty piece of work.

  25. sy says:

    Harvey Weinstein is the poster boy of the sexist misogynist Hollywood powerman who force actresses to sleep with them to have a career and to wear his wife’s ugly dresses. I don’t want to imagine what Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet and others had to do so that he would get them their Oscars.

    • T.C. says:

      He helped a long list of guys get Oscars too. I don’t think they had to have sex with him or wear his wife’s dresses.

  26. KellyinSeattle says:

    She and Angelina look like sisters to me; they have similar features and the same general build. Both, beautiful and classy.

  27. Gemini08 says:

    I actually like Marchesa designs but I applaud Kerry for not allowing herself to be bullied into wearing something she didn’t want to.

  28. anonymous fan says:

    I like Marchesa and wish I could afford one, but I still had to laugh at “budget ice skater design” I literally laughed out loud!Brilliant.

  29. Kim says:

    Good for her. That man is a sick perverted pig! Marchessa is just as much of a immoral pig because she married him solely for his money & connections. There is no love there – plleeaaassee! I would NEVER buy her clothes & support this disgusting couple.

    • ??? says:

      Exactly. I don’t pity Georgina one bit — money and fame are paramount for some people and self-respect goes right out the door. She’s the one who made the choice to marry and procreate with a f*cking ogre just to further her career.

  30. MST says:

    Is it me, or is Kerry starting to look whiter and whiter the more prominent she becomes in Hollywood?

    If I am correct, than this is really sad.

    • Nicole Ocean says:

      She’s gotten skinnier too.

    • Aud says:

      I think it’s just Photoshop.
      There are many discrepancies in photographs. Take Beyonce as a good example. Some images she’s lighter, others she’s darker and whatever else.
      It’s dumb really.

  31. Flora says:

    Kerrie doesn’t owe this man a thing. It was pretty obvious that he did very little to promote Kerrie or Django during this award season. He even admitted it in an interview. Instead he force-fed us SLP, like he did with The Artist last year. It’s his MO.
    He buys the distribution rights for a few films then he picks a favorite and buries the rest of them.

  32. delia says:

    Do the Oscars ever end? Although I agree that Kerry Washington’s dress was fabulous, a 5 day analysis of Oscar gowns plus those worn at every pre and post Oscar party seems a bit excessive. Kim K and I have had marriages that ended in less time.

  33. MAC says:

    Kerry is a beautiful woman. I liked the dress she picked and wore

  34. Lux says:

    She used to be so beautiful but she maybe needs to put on a few pounds. It’s messing with her (gorgeous) face.

  35. V. says:

    Georgina seriously sold her soul! That man is awful looking and seeing them together is like some horrible karmic joke! And she keeps procreating with him, like STOP IT! PLEASE!! Okay fine go ahead, just please say you used a turkey baster and didn’t let that monster actually mount you! LMAO!

    • kristiner says:

      LMAO! I know right? I can’t imagine lying under Harvey.

      Maybe she finds him attractive. I really really doubt it because he’s really gross.

    • NEENAZEE says:

      I know, he’s really disgusting… and the fact that he continually throws his weight around in Hollywood (pun intended) makes him even less likable.

      Every time I see his face I think of the line from The Twins of Tribeca: WATCH THE FAT ONE EAT AN OMELET WITH HIS BARE HANDS.

  36. If you go to the Marchesa website, it says “New website coming Summer 2012.” Yeah, apparently not.

  37. Sam H x says:

    I don’t rate Marchesa highly, most of the stuff she designs are fugly. Give me Elie Saab anyday over Georgina Chapman’s designs. I doubt she is taken seriously as a designer cos if weren’t for Harvey she would have had to work extra hard to get the label off the ground. As for Kerry, you go girl! Harvey doesn’t like it when a woman says NO to him and expects them to do as they are told. Kerry looked far more better before she lost all that weight.

  38. Mike Kelly says:

    Damn that is a beautiful woman. I hope her career takes off so she can tell Harvey what to do with his dresses.

  39. Jo says:

    Georgina needs to look at herself and realise she should be with a man equally as great looking as her on a superficial note. Is it really worth this headache and this embarrasment of harvey forcing actresses to wear his clothes and not on her merit? No amount of money or power would make me want to with harvey.

    Isn’t she oppressed by the nature of her situation, she probably constantly berated by him and she’s definitely being cheated on usually with most of the women who wear her dresses, has she not had enough? Or is it that she can’t leave him because her would ruin her?

  40. reg says:

    Marchessa gowns are over rated, and Harvey Weinstein marriage has been over for a couple of years now. The coral dress was clearly the best choice.

  41. NEENAZEE says:

    There are a few slideshows of celebs in Marchesa floating around… here’s another. You’ll note that Kerry has worn the label a lot in the past and it’s all terrible. I say she’s already paid her dues in the tulle and sequins and bows and ruffles and now she gets to wear what she wants.

    http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway-all-stars/season-1/photos/judges/celebrities-wearing-marchesa-by-georgina-chapman

    Btw… Georgina looks gorgeous pregnant, so much so that she makes the dress look amazing, even if it is 217 yards of mesh tulle suspended from a coat hangar that’s been bedazzled in sequins.

  42. Lisa says:

    Kerry W. You have my deepest sympathy