Scarlett Johansson defends wearing Marchesa gown at Met Gala

There were plenty of memorable outfits on the red carpet at Monday night’s Met Gala.

Rihanna’s take on papal fashion was deemed “blasphemous” by some, while Olivia Munn’s Crusades-inspired look was accused of trivialising one of history’s bloodiest periods.

So from first glance, there was nothing terribly eyebrow-raising about Scarlett Johansson‘s garnet tulle gown — except for the label.

Johansson’s Marchesa dress raised eyebrows. (Photo: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The actress opted to wear Marchesa, the fashion house co-run by Harvey Weinstein‘s estranged wife, Georgina Chapman.

Whether unfairly or not, Marchesa’s reputation has been somewhat compromised by its links to the disgraced film producer.

Georgina, who is one half of Marchesa, was married to the now disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Source: Getty

Since accusations of his widespread sexual misconduct broke last fall, Chapman has filed for divorce and kept a low profile on the fashion front.

In some instances, Weinstein is alleged to have bullied actresses into wearing his wife’s gowns on the red carpet.

Many have argued that Georgina and her fashion line shouldn’t be blamed for Weinstein’s behaviour but others, including alleged victim Rose McGowan, have accused her of being complicit.

The stunning gown may look relatively low-key compared to other gowns at the event, but it has caused a huge controversy. Source: Getty

Scarlett, who attended the Met Gala with boyfriend Colin Jost of Saturday Night Live, has faced similar criticism since Monday’s event.

So much so, the Avengers: Infinity War star felt compelled to defend her selection with a media statement.

“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful, and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” she said.

Marchesa, which is designed by Georgina and business partner Keren Craig, also issued a statement.

“We are truly honoured that Scarlett chose to wear Marchesa for the Met Gala,” it said. “She is an amazingly talented actor who has incredible style and presence. It was wonderful to work so closely with her in creating this custom look.”

Johansson spoke at the Women’s March in January 2018. (Photo: Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

But did Scarlett — who has been a vocal supporter of #TimesUp and was a speaker at the 2018 Women’s March — need to explain herself?

According to many people, coming after her for her dress is an example of how society holds women to a higher standard than men.

Many fans took to Twitter to defend her right to dress as she pleases, arguing that the blame should fall squarely on Weinstein’s shoulders rather than the women around him.

What’s your take? Should critics be judging Johansson by her outfits, or her actions?

It’s certainly got people talking.

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