The Best Supporting Actress victor released a statement on Wednesday (February 27) regarding the selection of the Prada dress she wore to this year’s Academy Awards. According to Vogue, Hathaway was originally slated to wear a gown by Valentino, but backed away from the choice after learning that other stars — reportedly Jennifer Aniston and Hathaway’s fellow Supporting Actress nominee Sally Field — would be wearing a similar dress.
“It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans,” said Hathaway. “Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honour of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself. I deeply regret any disappointment caused.”
Hathaway’s last-minute decision certainly paved the way for some inspired headlines . But even “wardrobe malfunction” jokes weren’t enough to stop Hathaway from ranking on MTV Style’s list of the best-dressed stars at the 2013 Oscars.
“With her easygoing elegance and close-cropped pixie cut, it’s no wonder we get major Audrey Hepburn or Jane Seberg vibes when we look at Anne Hathaway,” MTV Style wrote on Oscar night. “Especially tonight, when the ‘Les Miserables’ [star] stepped out in a pale pink Prada number that’s somehow simultaneously a nod to the ’90s and still totally fresh.”
Dress aside, Hathaway was a big winner on Oscar night for her show-stopping performance as the ill-fated Fantine in Tom Hooper’s “Les Mis.” During her acceptance speech, Hathaway said, “Here’s hoping that some day in the not so distant future the misfortunes of Fantine will only be found in stories, and nevermore in real life. Thank you.”