Lust toll on wife label

Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace may have also hit his wife's fashion label hard. Georgina Chapman, 41, set up Marchesa in 2004, the year she met the movie mogul.

  • Published 16.10.17
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Harvey Weinstein's fall from grace may have also hit his wife's fashion label hard. Georgina Chapman, 41, set up Marchesa in 2004, the year she met the movie mogul.

She created feminine, fairytale dresses for the red carpet. He ensured the Hollywood A-list wore them. Now its future looks about as bleak as that of an aspiring actress who has just rejected the millionaire in his bathrobe.

Fashion insiders said it was game over for the brand, once worn by every leading lady from Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock to Nicole Kidman and Penelope Cruz. "Bye Marchesa. Who would buy or wear it now?" said one. " I can't imagine any star wearing it now," said another. "They're screwed." Georgina has faced accusations that her success because of his connections. Now reports say he forced stars to wear her gowns on red carpet.

Now an LA-based publicist has told the Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein threatened to pull publicity funding from Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman's 2005 film Trasnamerica if she didn't wear Marchesa on the red carpet. She obliged by turning up for her high profile appearance at the Golden Globes where she was nominated for both her movie and Desperate Housewives in a flowing white Marchesa gown.

Chapman, a millionaire's daughter from Richmond in west London, began the business with her friend, Keren Craig, after they graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design, and runs it with her brother, Edward. If her disgraed husband drags the label down with him, it will add insult to injury for the former model and actress, described as "a very nice woman, warm, friendly and polite".

She began dating Weinstein aged 28, in 2004, the same year she got her big break when Renee Zellweger wore the unknown label to the premiere of Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, a film distributed by Miramax, Weinstein's film company. Shortly after, Cate Blanchett wore another Marchesa gown to the Rome premiere of The Aviator, also a Weinstein-backed movie.

Written with inputs from The Times London and the Internet

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