Beauty & Fashion
funny girl-next-door goes glam
For Oscar nominee and presenter Melissa McCarthy, getting ready for the Oscars was a friends-and-family aﬀair. McCarthy spent the weekend at home with her husband, actor/writer Ben Falcone, and her two young daughters, as well as her parents, her sister, and a posse of old friends who had come into town to cheer her on.
Not one to bother with a chauﬀeured Escalade, McCarthy drove herself to and from rehearsals at the Hollywood and Highland Theater, and had just one concern during her gown ﬁttings: making sure no stick pins were left behind (so that her girls and beloved dog, Gladys, wouldn’t be in danger of getting pricked).
In order to relax the morning of the ceremony, McCarthy didn’t indulge in a cutting-edge facial or deep tissue massage–she made pancakes for her little ones. And guess who helped her get into her delicate gown? Her mom. Refusing to settle for the paltry assortment of plus-size gowns available oﬀ-the-rack, “the proportions are never quite right,” she said, McCarthy commissioned a custom dress from top Italian fashion house Marina Rinaldi.
Along with celebrity stylist and vintage connoisseur Cameron Silver, she worked closely with designers to choose every element of her dress, from sketch to fabric, embroidery to beadwork. “Just because a woman isn’t a size 2, doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve all the glamour and attention we’ve come to expect from the Oscars ™,” Silver explained. “Melissa is sophisticated. She knows her fashion history. It was a joy to work with someone who understands clothes so well.” Just before she left for the awards, Silver put the ﬁnishing touches on McCarthy’s romantic look, which was comprised of a custom Marina Rinaldi gown, jewels from Chopard, and accessories made just for her by her best friend of more than 20 years, shoe designer Brian Atwood.
Beaming, McCarthy’s dad moved through the house using his iPad as a camera, snapping photos of every single person helping his daughter get ready.
“This feels like a prom–or a wedding,” Atwood mused, smiling.
“It feels like a dream,” McCarthy replied.