Lupita Nyong’o may have just been named the “belle of the ball” when many people wowed and complimented her on the custom made pearl-laden dress she wore during the Oscars 2015. But in a cruel twist of fate, the dress has actually been stolen!
TMZ reported that on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, police received a call at around 11:23 p.m., reporting the theft of Nyong’o’s dress from her room at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. It is believed that the dress was stolen while Nyong’o was not in her hotel room between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. that day. As of the moment, there are no suspects for the theft.
The LAPD is currently investigating the theft by going through the hotel’s surveillance videos and interviewing the hotel staff and other possible witnesses. In an update, TMZ added that the police arrived at The London Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and went to the manager’s office, probably to get more information from the hotel’s security footage.
Nyong’o’s pearl-laden dress is a custom-made design by Francisco Costa, the women’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection. It is also believed to cost an estimated amount of around $150,000. Despite the use of 6,000 white Akoya pearls, which seemingly makes the beautiful dress heavy, Nyong’o said in an interview that it’s actually quite comfortable to wear.
“[We created] a series of textures with intricate placements of a variety of different-sized pearls. We looked at a variety of different pearls—South Sea, iridescent, and natural—and decided that the natural pearls looked the most beautiful,” Costa revealed in an interview with Vogue.
“This is a terribly unfortunate situation, and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation,” a representative of The London Hotel said in a statement, as published on E! News.
As of now, Nyong’o and Calvin Klein refused to release any statements regarding the theft.
All hopes now turn to the police and that the dress may be returned to its owner soon.
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