You probably know by now that the lovely Olivia Colman triumphed at last night’s Oscars ceremony, taking home the Best Actress award for her role as Queen Anne in period dramedy, The Favourite. But what you might not know is that the outfit she wore to collect the accolade was even more significant than most.
Stylist Mary Fellowes, who began working with Olivia towards the end of 2017, revealed during a recent interview that there is a heartwarming back story to the star’s custom-made Prada dress.
According to the New York Times, on her hen party in Paris many years ago, Olivia and a group of friends stumbled into a Prada boutique. At the time, she declared: ‘One day, when I have finally made it, I will wear a Prada dress.’ And now that moment has finally arrived, in the most outstanding way.
‘It sounds ridiculous, but when Prada rang I was so thrilled I nearly cried,’ Mary admitted to the title. ‘It felt like the stars had aligned.’
Olivia’s only request for the event was apparently ‘simple, with a big bow on the back’, and Mary and the fashion house delivered, dressing her in a turtleneck green silk gown and coordinating organza cape with puffed sculpted sleeves.
‘The Prada team are so bloody lovely, it’s like getting ready for your wedding’ said Olivia. ‘And Mary knows what I want to hide and what I hate about myself.’
The duo have worked together on several of Olivia’s red carpet looks, including the structured monochrome Emilia Wickstead dress at this year’s Baftas, where she also won the Best Actress crown.
‘Mary really listens when I say when I don’t like something and takes the time to commission pieces that flatter me or make me feel strong,’ she added.
‘Olivia is a strong woman, a working mother and an independent thinker. She also has a real woman’s body,’ Mary echoed. ‘These have always been major considerations when we are thinking about how she should dress. Fashion should enhance and empower women; it shouldn’t shrink them.’
Amen to that.