Meryl Streep Sets the Record Straight on Karl Lagerfeld's Pay to Wear Comments

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A representative tells THR the claim is absolutely false.

On Thursday, WWD reported that Meryl Streep turned down a custom couture Chanel creation after the fashion house refused to pay her to wear it. 

Bridget Foley reports that Streep, who is up for a best actress Oscar on Sunday, her 20th nomination, had her eye on an embroidered gray silk number from Lagerfeld's most recent couture collection, and asked for the neckline to be customized. She writes that the fashion house had begun production on the dress when a call came through in which Streep's camp reportedly said, according to Lagerfeld, "'Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.'"

Streep's team, however, absolutely refutes that claim. 

A representative for the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter that the statement is false, and that it is against her personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet.

In a statement to THR, Chanel added: "Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep's stylist to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards, with the full understanding that she was considering options from other design houses. When informed by the stylist that Ms. Streep had chosen a dress by another designer there was no mention of the reason. Chanel wishes to express our continued and deep respect for Ms. Streep."

Lagerfeld is known for being a bit of a loose cannon, to say the least. In 2013 he faced legal trouble after making anti-fat comments on the French TV channel Le Grand 8, stating that "the hole in social security, it's also [due to] all the diseases caught by people who are too fat." He also came under fire for comments about Adele's weight, and had a less than sympathetic reaction to the news of Kim Kardashian's robbery in Paris last year. 


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