The fashion designer, 43, had been conspicuously absent from all high-profile events since the allegations of sexual misconduct against her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein first made headlines in October 2017.
But while Chapman’s been laying low, her dresses have cropped up on a number of her most loyal celebrity clientele over the past year. Scarlett Johansson was the first to wear Marchesa after the Weinstein scandal became international news, defending her choice to wear Chapman’s designs to the 2018 Met Gala in a statement: “I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers.”
Vanessa Hudgens was the second star to wear Marchesa on the red carpet, choosing a strapless blush gown with 3D floral appliqués from the brand’s spring 2018 collection for the Los Angeles premiere of her film “Dog Days.”
And it’s no surprise the designer chose this particular event to make her grand return. Anna Wintour herself has defended Chapman in the past. “Georgina is a brilliant designer, and I don’t think that she should be blamed for her husband’s behavior,” she told Stephen Colbert during a May 2018 appearance on “The Late Show.”
“I think it was a great gesture of support on Scarlett’s part to wear a beautiful dress like that on such a public occasion,” she added of Johansson’s Met Gala look.
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