According to Scarlett Johansson, a countermovement is underway.
The Avengers star took a stand at the Met Gala in a floor length ombre gown scattered with flower petal appliqué. The burgundy-to-blush piece was designed by Marchesa creative directors Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman. Few need be reminded that the latter is the estranged ex-wife of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
The surprise move marked the first time an A-lister has stepped out in a Marchesa dress since the Weinstein scandal broke out last October. As allegations of sexual harassment mounted, Marchesa designs suffered in the fallout, noticeably absent at Hollywood events. While some defended the label, protesting that Chapman should not bear blame because of the actions of her husband, the red carpet boycott appeared to have the silent, yet definitive last word on the matter.
But according to Johansson, the tide may be about to turn. The actress has been actively involved with initiatives that rose up in response to the scandal to promote gender equality, such as the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign. At the Women’s March in January, she spoke out against abuses of power.
Facing scrutiny for her sartorial decision Monday night, the celeb issued a statement to PEOPLE: “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.”
Issuing a statement of its own, the label responded in kind: “We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala,” Marchesa told PEOPLE. “She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”
Can we expect more celebs to take Marchesa creations to high profile events in a show of support for Georgina Chapman? Time will tell — or should we say, “Time’s Up!” — jas