Karl Lagerfeld and Meryl Streep Argue Over Oscars Dress

Last week, Karl Lagerfeld called Meryl Streep “cheap” after she reportedly ordered a couture dress from Chanel and canceled the order after being paid by another brand to wear their dress. Now, a few days later, Streep has responded to Largefeld’s comments.

According to an article on WWD, Meryl Streep has reposnded to Karl Lagerfeld after he called her “cheap” after she ordered a couture dress from Chanel to wear at the Oscars on Sunday, March 25th only to cancel the order. Streep reportedly canceled the order because another brand offered to pay her to wear their dress.

Streep, who has been nominated at the Oscars for the 20th time, ordered a grey dress from Chanel’s most recent Haute Couture collection. She also requested that the dress’ neckline be adjusted. Streep, however, apparently wanted a paycheck in return for wearing the dress.

With Chanel’s atelier having started working on the dress, the team was told by Streep’s employees not to make it. Largerfelg told WWD that he “made a sketch, and we started to make the dress.” A couple of days later, Largefeld received a phone call from a member of Streep’s team who, according to Larpgerfeld, said, “‘don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us'”.


Chanel, Lagerfeld noted, has a policy of not paying celebrities to wear their dresses. There are still quite a few expenses in making them, though, including both material and labor costs. Lagerfeld continued to further explain saying, “after we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros [$105,000], we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay.”

As for the dress Streep most recently ordered, Lagerfeld said “she could keep the dress because of the size. It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”

Lagerfeld then told WWD he was very disappointed and further said, “a genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”

A representative for Streep later released a statement saying it was against her ethics to be paid to wear a dress on the red carpet.

Streep has since responded to both Lagerfeld’s comments and WWD saying,

In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld’s ‘statement,’ there is no ‘controversy’: Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication. That publication printed this defamation, unchecked. Subsequently, the story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record-breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience. I do not take this lightly, and Mr. Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.

The statement Streep is referring to, sent by Lagerfeld to representatives of Streep, reads,

Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards. After an informal conversation, I misunderstood that Ms. Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration, which Ms. Streep’s team has confirmed is not the case. I regret this controversy and wish Ms. Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination.

Lagerfeld has not yet responded to Streep.

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