Red carpet darling and 2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stunned in her custom-made beaded gown from the Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. The dress, which was estimated at $150,000 adorned with white Akoya pearls, was reported stolen on Wednesday. It was recovered Friday, reportedly underneath the bathroom sink wrapped in a black garment bag within a trash bag in the Oscar winner’s hotel room at The London West Hollywood.
TMZ was first to reveal the news that the 31-year-old actress’ white beaded gown was missing, which was thought stolen after a police report was made late Wednesday evening. According to the Los Angeles Count Sheriff’s report, a “dress that greatly resembles” the one People’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2014 wore to the Oscars was found under the bathroom sink.
Authorities are in the process of verifying if it is the same gown Lupita Nyong’o wore to the Oscars. Experts claim the $150K dress would have been worth more on the black market, however not as TMZ tells it. The alleged thief notified the tabloid of the gown’s whereabouts stating, “It was a worthless fake.”
The pilferer noticed the “12 Years a Slave” star’s hotel room door ajar, slipped in, and then grabbed the Calvin Klein Oscar dress. Identified by TMZ as a man, the crook then took two of the pearls to Los Angeles’ garment district for assessment, where he learned they were fake. He then returned Nyong’o’s gown to the hotel room and notified TMZ.
The dress’ value was divulged from Lupita’s stylist, however reps for Calvin Klein never admitted to the police what the gown was worth or if the pearls were real or fake. A source reportedly close to the dress’ designer Francisco Costa told TMZ, “Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? I always assumed everyone knew they were fake, but I guess not. Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?”
The worth of Lupita’s gown is “irrelevant,” reported WWD. During a press conference Friday evening Los Angeles police noted the suspect will still “face charges of burglary and grand theft” regardless of its estimated price.
Although the pearls aren’t real, the dress is an original, custom made “art piece,” consisting of 6,000 artificial pearls over silk lame, and as such is “considered priceless.” The publicity of the Lupita Nyong’o gown only elevates its worth, which according to Costa, “Now represents an important moment for the brand.”