LUPITA’S GOWN FOUND: Lupita Nyongo’s Calvin Klein gown, which was stolen from her hotel room at the London Hotel in West Hollywood Tuesday, was recovered Friday. According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, at about 3 p.m., West Hollywood detectives received a call from a media representative (TMZ), informing detectives they had received a call from an anonymous caller with information regarding the stolen Calvin Klein dress. The caller advised detectives that the missing dress, belonging to “Calvin Klein” was left in an abandoned bathroom on the second floor of the London Hotel. West Hollywood detectives went to the second floor and entered the bathroom described by the anonymous caller and found a black garment bag underneath the counter. Inside the garment bag was the white dress resembling the one worn by Nyong’o to the Oscars last Sunday night. At this time, no one has been arrested and the investigation is still ongoing.
At a news conference Friday night, officials displayed the dress. Lt. Michael White, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Department, said, “We believe this dress is the dress that was stolen from the London Hotel.”
According to detectives, the caller took the dress to the garment district in downtown L.A and found out the pearls were fake. The caller decided to return the dress to the hotel.
Whether the pearls are real is irrelevant, said White. “It doesn’t change anything in our investigation,” he said. The suspect faces charges of burglary and grand theft, said White.
The dress, a one-of-a-kind art piece, was composed of 6,000 crystal pearls on silk lame. The value of the dress hasn’t been determined, but as a custom dress worn at the Oscars it was considered priceless.
“All of us at Calvin Klein are thrilled to know that the dress has potentially been located,” said Francisco Costa, women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection. “This was an amazing collaboration between the brand and Lupita and the dress looked truly exquisite on her. Once it’s returned to us, we will be able to have the dress restored and archived, as it now represents an important moment for the brand.”
Lupita Nyong’o said, “Collaborating with Francisco Costa for my Oscar dress this year was such a special and unforgettable experience. I’m happy that it has been potentially recovered. It is a timeless and priceless piece of art.”