Gwyneth Paltrow recalls being hurt by criticism of 2002 Oscar dress that ‘everybody hated’

Actor and Goop entrepreneur said she had a ‘weird hangover’ about infamous look

Gwyneth Paltrow discusses criticism of her 2002 Oscar dress

Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she was hurt by criticism of her 2002 Oscar dress.

The Shakespeare in Love star attended that year’s Academy Awards in a gothic Alexander McQueen dress topped off with a sheer bodice, which was widely condemned at the time.

During a new video for Vogue, in which Paltrow revisited a number of her past looks, the actor and entrepreneur admitted she was affected by the criticism.

“Everybody really hated this [dress] ... but I think it’s kind of dope,” she said. “I’m into it.”

She continued: “I had a weird hangover about it for a while because people were really critical. I think at the time it was too goth, I think people thought it was too hard, so I think it sort of shocked people. But I like it.”

The infamous look was dubbed “unflattering” and “a fashion disaster” by critics in 2002.

Paltrow previously defended the dress in a 2013 interview, with some caveats.

“I still love the dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup,” she said. “Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to – a little bit of punk at the Oscars.”

Gwyneth Paltrow discusses her infamous 2002 Oscar dress

Also in the Vogue video, Paltrow joked that she had become an expert in never exposing too much of herself despite occasionally wearing revealing outfits to events and premieres.

“If I’ve learnt one thing, it’s how to not show your vagina on the red carpet,” she said.

Last year, actor Glenn Close derided Paltrow’s Oscar win for Shakespeare in Love, claiming that the victory “didn’t make sense”.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in