Apparently Christina Hendricks has a heck of a time scaring up a dress for awards ceremony’s like last Sunday’s Emmys, where she wore Zac Posen.
“People have been saying some nice, wonderful things about me. Yet not one designer in town will loan me a dress,” Hendricks, 35, told Scottland’s Daily Record. “They only lend out a size 0 or 2. So I’m still struggling for someone to give me a darn dress.”
The star is a size 14, and most high-end designers don’t produce clothes above a size 10 or 12. Plus, Hendricks measures 39D-30-39 which is not your typical size 14. So, as The Cut points out, designers would have to custom make a dress for Hendricks. It’s not just about her not fitting into the size 0 or 2 samples.
Hendricks’ complaints, while good natured, could certainly rub consumers the wrong way. The “Oh, poor Hollywood star, designers aren’t giving you free dresses for your fancy parties?” way. Lots of shoppers deal with this issue on a daily basis, let alone when event shopping. Hendricks has simply fallen into good luck on a TV series that celebrates her figure and a costume designer (the talented Janie Bryant) who custom makes many of her frocks for the show.
This isn’t to be critical of Hendricks, really. I love her. I love her figure and that she contributes to the sometimes rare idea that major curves are majorly sexy. I adore her character and she seems to be a nice person in real life. As a supporting cast member on a cable network show, I don’t expect her to go around buying couture gowns at her leisure – that would be financially irresponsible. I know almost everyone on that red carpet had her dress loaned or given to her, and yes, that should include everyone regardless of sample-size-conformance. It just doesn’t. Just like an average retailer doesn’t. I don’t think at this point that this idea is news.
Now let’s all just stare at Christina’s rack some more.