Sexual-harassment allegations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein have put his wife, Georgina Chapman, a fashion designer, in a difficult position.
On Tuesday, news broke Chapman is leaving Weinstein amid a series of sexual-harassment allegations.
However, Chapman’s career as the cofounder of Marchesa is tightly tied to her husband’s success. Stars of Weinstein-backed productions, including Renée Zellweger, Cate Blanchett, and Blake Lively, have worn Marchesa on the red carpet, and rumors have floated for years that Weinstein pushed actresses to wear the fashion brand.
But with an increasing number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, many are wondering whether Marchesa will disappear from the red carpet.
“No star is ever going to want to wear the brand again,” The Hollywood Reporter quoted an unnamed New York fashion publicist as saying on Monday, after Weinstein was ousted from The Weinstein Company, the studio he founded.
Here’s the story of how Chapman’s Marchesa became a red-carpet mainstay — and how her fate became intertwined with her husband’s.
Georgina Chapman founded Marchesa with Keren Craig in 2004. The same year, Chapman, then a 28-year-old former model from England, began dating Harvey Weinstein.
A 2007 Teen Vogue article — spotted by Jezebel — says Marchesa caught on with Hollywood starlets after Renée Zellweger wore a gown from the line to the premiere of “Bridget Jones.” “Bridget Jones” was distributed by Miramax, which Weinstein founded, and Zellweger thanked Weinstein during her Oscar speech in 2004.
“Maybe I helped, but just very, very little, with Renée Zellweger,” Weinstein told Vogue in 2013.