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Zac Posen: 'Leslie Jones backlash was storm in a teacup'

Published 10/11/2016

Zac Posen
Zac Posen

Actresses almost never pay for their red carpet dresses and they're rarely custom-made, designer Zac Posen has revealed.

Zac Posen has called the Leslie Jones dress controversy “a lot of noise”.

In June (16), actress Leslie called out designers for not helping her with a dress for the Ghostbusters premiere, before Christian Siriano came to her rescue, creating a floor length red gown with a thigh high split.

Zac thinks it’s unfair to reprimand designers for not making red carpet dresses in multiple sizes, as the gowns the A-list wear are borrowed and never made to measure.

“No, very rarely,” Zac told The Hollywood Reporter of actresses paying for premiere dresses. “I have actresses that buy and order clothing. Red carpet are very rarely custom-made pieces. If she had come to me and said I want to make a piece with you, you know, I would have been open to it, but I have to fit that into a schedule. I can’t do that for everyone.

“What did I make of (the backlash)? A lot of noise. I think there was an angle that she was able to take. I wasn’t part of that one, so I don’t know.”

Zac has dressed everyone from Claire Danes to Lena Denham on the red carpet, so is well versed in different body shapes.

And when it comes to A-list fittings Zac always makes sure his customers are happy with the results.

“I just think when you are dressing a celebrity, for me, I’m hopefully adding a moment. I always say, ‘What role do you want to play, when we start a fitting?’ (Leslie) has a beautiful body and I would have played it differently. But I’ve dressed in my career, women of all body types, consistently and of all ages. I think great talent prevails, always.”

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