With the amount of security celebrities have nowadays, you would think it highly impossible for any shenanigans to take place. So it leaves one to wonder how an Oscar dress, worn by Lupita Nyong’o, could possibly vanish out of thin air? If you haven’t already been informed, the gown, which the Oscar-winning actress wore on Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards, went missing from her hotel room at The London in West Hollywood on Wednesday.
I should also mentioned that the dress, designed by Calvin Klein, was crafted with 6,000 Akoya pearls and is estimated to be worth an astonishing $150,000. The 12 Years a Slave actress informed the police that the dress was taken from her between the hours of 8 A.M and 9 P.M, while she was out. Since then, the gown has been recovered, stuffed in a plastic bag under a bathroom sink. However, it wouldn’t be a true Hollywood story without a little drama added into the mix.
According to TMZ, the leading source of true news, the pearls on the dress turned out to be fake, or so the thief claimed. Apparently, the thief called into the premier gossip site and explained the entire story from beginning to end. TMZ later called the police to inform them exactly what transpired. The thief went on to explain that he or she snuck into the actress’s room, threw the dress over the balcony to an accomplice, all while wittily managing to avoid surveillance camera’s in the process.
It appeared that the thief wanted to preserve the dress’s value because it was said to be worth more if in pristine condition. This was the reason for the dramatics. Once the dress was retrieved from the hotel room, the assailants took two pearls from the dress, only to find they were actually fake when taken to L.A garment district for appraisal. No reports have been made by Francisco Costa, the Creative Director for Calvin Klien, on whether the pearls were indeed fake or real.
However, to me, this entire story seems fictional from beginning to end. First off, why would you call into TMZ instead of going directly to the police? It just seems muddled and unrealistic. Then again, isn’t that the epitome of Hollywood nowadays? I guess the lesson here is don’t leave your valuable merchandise, unattended in your hotel room. Especially if that merchandise is worth a whopping $150K.