Hudson, one of McCartney's close friends, wore a sleek black Stella gown for the occasion, but said her history with the designer hasnt always been flawless.
Stella dressed me for my first red carpet event in 2001 for the Academy Awards, Hudson read from her iPhone after donning chicer-than-thou reading glasses. It was my firstand onlynomination. I was 21 years old, and to have Stella McCartney
dressing mewell, I felt like the hippest, coolest girl in the world.
McCartney, then designing for Chloé
, created an ice lavender gown with a fringed Victorian-style capelet for Hudson. McCartney personally conducted the fittings, hand-finishing the dress at Hudsons home and re-sewing the hem up to the moment the Best Supporting Actress nominee had to leave for the big event.
The next morning, Hudson awoke to find herself without an Oscar and at the top of all the worst-dressed lists. She called McCartney to laugh about the news. McCartney just said, Lets be honest babe, it was the hem. Hudson has worn McCartneys designs on innumerable red-carpet occasions since, without ever repeating her appearance on the worst dressed list.
To this day, that now-vintage dress hangs in my wardrobe, Hudson said with a smile. I swear, one day I'll wear it again.
McCartney danced her way onto the stage to hug Hudson and collect her trophy.
Sorry about that, everyone, McCartney said. I told her not to do any talking.
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