Ghostbusters‘ Leslie Jones looked absolutely stunning in a red gown designed by Christian Siriano at the movie’s premiere on Saturday, July 9 in Los Angeles.
“I feel amazing,” the Saturday Night Live comedic actress told Us Weekly. “Christian hooked me up! Christian Siriano hooked me up.”
As noted by Us Weekly, Leslie Jones had previously complained that no designers wanted to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere. She vented her frustration on Twitter in June.
“It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie,” Jones tweeted. “Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”
But she didn’t have to wait long before she got a response from a designer who was more than willing to dress her for the movie premiere: Christian Siriano. Christian is a Project Runway alum who won Season 4 of the fashion design reality show. Siriano is no stranger to working with celebrities. As Us Weekly stated, he’s dressed several of the Orange Is The New Black cast members in the past and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks. Christian Siriano sent Leslie Jones a tweet filled with waving hands emojis to let her know he was up for the task of dressing her for the premiere.
“I love Leslie and I’m a huge fan of her work,” Siriano revealed in a statement before their first meeting. “I can’t wait to create something special for her to wear. Hopefully I will see her in my studio this week to make something new and exciting. I support all women no matter age or size!”
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 28, 2016
The day after their tweet exchange, Siriano tweeted that he did not want anyone to congratulate him for agreeing to dress Leslie as fashion designers should be more open to making clothes for women no matter their body type.
It shouldn’t be exceptional to work with brilliant people just because they’re not sample size. Congrats aren’t in order, a change is.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 29, 2016
“It takes a real designer to design for a real woman,” Jones said in an interview with Us Weekly in response to Siriano making the decision to design her dress.
According to Us Weekly, Jones and Siriano met each other about two days later for the first Ghostbusters premiere dress consultation. Siriano posted a picture from the meeting on his official Instagram page.
“Up to no good,” he wrote in the caption of the photo as the two posed in the midst of Siriano’s atelier in Manhattan.
Although Leslie Jones’ Ghostbusters movie premiere dress got rave reviews, the same can’t be said for the actual movie. The feedback so far from critics has been mixed.
Forbes called the all-female remake of the popular 80’s flick underwhelming, but did admit that it was boosted by the talent of the actresses involved.
“The film’s chief asset is ironically the source of its greatest would-be ‘controversy'” writes Scott Mendelson for Forbes. “It revels in the comic chemistry and warm friendship offered as a matter of course by its lead actresses. But don’t expect much more than a paint-by-numbers Ghostbusters reboot.”
The Guardian‘s Nigel M Smith was way more positive with his critique. “Rejoice! The new Ghostbusters is good. Very good, in fact. It had to be,” he wrote. “No comedy has faced more advance scrutiny — even hostility — than Paul Feig’s reboot of Ivan Reitman’s beloved 1980s hit.”
This all-female reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise stirred up a lot of controversy with people claiming that the choice of replacing the male ghost busters was just an attempt to appeal to political correctness.
“You only think #Ghostbusters is terrible/great because you’re a sexist manchild/humorless identity politics activist.”
— Daniel Walters (@danieltwalters) July 11, 2016
Let’s see if the public can embrace the change and give the ladies some real box-office success.
Ghostbusters opens in U.S. theaters on Thursday.
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