On Thursday (23Feb17) Chanel creative director Lagerfeld told fashion website WWD that the Hollywood icon had turned down a custom couture creation, after the French label refused to pay her to wear it to the Academy Awards on Sunday.
A representative for Streep’s team was quick to respond, shooting down the allegation.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress’ representative said that Lagerfeld’s statement was “absolutely false” and it was against Streep’s “personal ethics” to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet.
According to the WWD report, Streep, who is up for Best Actress for her role in movie Florence Foster Jenkins, had her eye on an embroidered grey silk dress from Lagerfeld’s most recent couture collection and asked for the neckline to be customised.
“I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld said.
He added that his team received a phone call from the star’s camp several days later, with the German couturier quoting the messenger as saying, “‘Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.'”
Lagerfeld confirmed that Chanel never pays celebrities to wear garments to events, though he admitted that the house will give away items, on specific occasions.
“We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” he explained, adding that the 67-year-old star was welcome to have the garment if she wished.
“She could keep the dress because of the size,” Lagerfeld said. “It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”
Chanel has yet to respond.