VICTIM AS DRESS IS STOLEN
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[ March 20th 2003 ]
Jolie became the first fashion victim of this
year's Oscars when her £3,000 body-hugging red
corset dress was stolen from the back of her British
designer's car. The dress was taken with eight
other outfits, jewellery and accessories worth
up to £40,000, which were bound for Sunday's Academy
Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
struck on Tuesday afternoon outside the Knightsbridge
branch of Harvey Nichols in London. Scott Henshall,
the designer, left the outfits in his soft-top
BMW when he and his passenger, Lady Victoria Hervey,
went into the shop for ten minutes, his spokesman
said yesterday. While they were away, a thief
slashed through the hood and grabbed the bags
containing the dresses.
searched nearby dustbins in case the thief had
panicked and dumped the dresses as he fled. "They
are extremely glamorous evening dresses," said
Paul Bhari, the designer's spokesman. "If someone
took them, they could have been extremely overwhelmed
by what they had grabbed. Those dresses have so
much painstaking hand work in them, I can't tell
you. He is more than gutted, he is extremely upset."
Henshall flew to Los Angeles yesterday to tell
Jolie her dress had been stolen. He was taking
a selection of outfits with him.
the star of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, won the Oscar
for best supporting actress in 2000 for her performance
in Girl, Interrupted. "There is no way I can remake
Angelina's or any other dresses in time," he told
London's Evening Standard newspaper. "There were
20 outfits in the collection and now the nine
most glamorous have gone." Jolie chose her original
dress, which was decorated with cherubs, after
seeing coverage of Henshall's show during London
dresses, featuring heavy beading and trimmings
such as ostrich feathers, were from last month's
show and no copies had been made. Paris Hilton,
a hotel heiress, and Tamara Beckwith, who was
due to interview celebrities at the ceremony,
had also planned to wear outfits from the collection.
Ms Hilton, 21, had chosen a low-cut sequinned
mini-dress in a harlequin design, priced at £2,500
and Ms Beckwith earmarked a £3,000 black chiffon
flapper dress for the red carpet.
Yard is investigating the theft. Henshall, originally
from York, is renowned for his daring outfits,
which guarantee maximum exposure at celebrity
events. His fans include Madonna, Kylie Minogue
and the actress Joely Richardson. Last year he
confessed that one of his dreams was to "design
a themed message dress for the Oscars".