"Well, a flood in the office won't stop us!" Christian Siriano wrote.
Celebrities try to look their best and have a little fun during the Academy Awards and this year's 95th Academy Awards was no different. Melissa McCarthy was one of the celebrities who made a head-turning fashion statement on the 2023 Oscars red carpet, thanks to her designer Christian Siriano. On March 12, The Little Mermaid star, 52, was seen in a cardinal red ball gown made by the celebrity-loved Project Runway designer. Her confection had minute details including a layered chiffon skirt with ruched panels as well as a turtleneck silk top with Victorian sleeves, as per PEOPLE.
But that's not it. Her Oscars dress had a plot twist. McCarthy's gown was made completely from scratch only days before the highly awaited night. While appearing on E!'s red carpet pre-show, Siriano explained that the actress' original gown was ruined by a burst pipe in his design studio less than a week before the show. "We were just freaking out all day," he shared. However, being the quick-witted fashion genius he is, Siriano was able to craft a stunning new ensemble for her.
"It's a big moment," Siriano said of the design. "She's about to be in such an incredible film for Disney playing Ursula in The Little Mermaid, how fabulous. So I just wanted to give her a really fabulous fashion moment." Siriano joked that the experience was "traumatizing to my life" and revealed that he didn't plan on mentioning the mishap. The designer also said the flood caused such havoc that he had to travel with the last gown he created and hand-deliver it to the star. "Donatella, are you dropping it off yourself?" he joked, poking fun at legendary designer Donatella Versace. "Well, a flood in the office won't stop us!" Siriano captioned the post on Instagram.
The Bridesmaids star rounded out her beautiful attire with a classic updo with face-framing pieces. McCarthy, who plays Ursula in the upcoming live-action retelling of Disney's The Little Mermaid opposite singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, recently also recalled her last Oscars appearance. In an interview with InStyle, the comedian opened up about her Oscars outfit, and that unforgettable red carpet moment courtesy of her and her husband, Ben Falcone, in 2019.
"A couple of years ago you and Ben showed up to the Vanity Fair Oscars party, the spiritual home of the fishtail evening gown, in matching Adidas tracksuits," InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown recalled during the interview. McCarthy replied to this, "I'm sure it threw everybody into a tizzy because the idea came to me the day before the Oscars." The actress further explained that there was a bit of confusion surrounding the wardrobe request, especially considering the fact that the iconic afterparty has produced some of the most glamorous fashion moments of all time.
"I asked, 'Can we wear matching tracksuits?' And someone was like, 'For tomorrow? Like, that both fit?' It's not that easy. I just wanted to be in tennies and tracksuits. It just seemed so funny to me and so comfortable."
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