The house of Valentino had announced prior to Sunday's ceremony that it would be dressing the Best Supporting Actress nominee so she surprised everyone, presumably not least Valentinos people, when she stepped out onto the Academys red carpet in a pale pink Prada gown.
Word had it that the Valentino dress she was due to appear in was too similar to the gothic Alexander McQueen gown that Amanda Seyfried wore and, in a statement released to WWD by her publicist Stephen Huvane today, the actress intimates as much.
It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans, it reads.
Though I love the dress I did wear, it was a difficult last-minute decision as I had so looked forward to wearing Valentino in honor of the deep and meaningful relationship I have enjoyed with the house and with Valentino himself.
I deeply regret any disappointment caused.
Hathaway who, of course, went on to win the Oscar is a long-term supporter of the label and wore a bespoke Valentino design to marry Adam Shulman last year. Hence the furore. Which, actually, still doesnt compare to the column inches devoted to her supposedly-visible nipples on the night...