Melissa McCarthy Says Oscar Dress Designer Rejection Inspired Own Plus-Size Line
The actress spoke of the stone-walling she faced when trying to persuade famous designers to produce awards show dresses for her.
Melissa McCarthy has revealed that she was once persistently snubbed by designers when she requested that they make Oscars-style ball gowns for her. The Bridesmaids actress manages to pull it out of the bag with inspiring ensembles at every red carpet event she attends but has revealed fashion designers' rather uninspiring attitude towards plus-size creation.
"Two Oscars ago, I couldn't find anybody to do a dress for me," the 43-year-old actress told Redbook in the July cover story. "I asked five or six designers, very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people, and they all said no."
Melissa said that her ongoing struggle to find clothes that both fit and flatter prompted her to go into fashion herself and begin designing a plus-size clothes, including her indigo 2011 Emmys dress. "Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible," the actress has told THR. "It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle." "[I] always thought I would design women's clothing," she said.
"Then [I] ended up in New York thinking I was going to go to FIT [the Fashion Institute of Technology], and I started doing standup. So how A went to B, I don't know!"
The 43 year-old comedy star, who is married to filmmaker and actor Ben Falcone, also revealed how she and her husband manage to keep a handle on their relationship in the surreal world of showbusiness. "We have a great marriage, and outside forces can't really change that. Success doesn't define us, even though we love what we do. The important thing is our family and kids," she explained.
McCarthy also likes to pass on this same wisdom to her children, Vivian, 7, and Georgette, 4. "[Vivian] asked me, 'Are you famous?' And I said to her, 'Famous doesn't mean anything. Just because people know my face doesn't mean they know us or that it makes us any more interesting or better.'"
Melissa McCarthy Has Revealed The Struggles She Has Faced Acquiring Suitable Red Carpet Gowns.