People Magazine
May 11, 2018 12:00 pm
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Scarlett Johansson‘s decision to wear Marchesa to the 2018 Met Gala held significant impact for the brand and it’s co-founder, Georgina Chapman, estranged wife of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Johansson was one of the first actresses to wear the high-fashion label to a major red carpet event since news of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandal broke last fall.

And Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who has long hosted the Costume Institute’s benefit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, fully supported Johansson’s decision.

Johansson was the first star to give Marchesa a high-profile red carpet moment in months since Weinstein was accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women last fall.

The actress, 33, wore a romantic off-the-shoulder burgundy gown featuring a tulle skirt embellished with floral appliqués. She attended the annual event alongside her newly-confirmed boyfriend and SNL star Colin Jost.

On Tuesday, Johansson stood by her choice to wear a Marchesa gown.

Marchesa echoed a similar sentiment in the following statement to PEOPLE: “We are truly honored that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala. She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”

Since the news about Weinstein broke, Marchesa’s fate as one of Hollywood’s go-to labels has been questioned by some in the industry.

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Female stars of Weinstein’s films often wore Marchesa designs on the red carpet, and Chapman and Weinstein’s businesses were often linked. A few stars, including Jessica Chastain, claimed that Weinstein would pressure them to wear his wife’s designs. In Chastain’s case, she said he mocked her when she didn’t do so.

After Weinstein and Chapman agreed to a divorce settlement in January (they haven’t yet publicly filed for divorce), Marchesa canceled its runway show at New York Fashion Week.

They also didn’t offer any dresses to celebrities for awards season — something Chapman told Vogue was her decision alone. “We didn’t feel it was appropriate given the situation,” she said. “All the women who have been hurt deserve dignity and respect, so I want to give it the time it deserves. It’s a time for mourning, really.”

The brand, however, is continuing its business. Chapman and co-founder Keren Craig even recently released a lookbook of pre-fall 2018 designs and announced it would be debuting a Fall 2018 line in a new format.

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