On red carpets, questions related to fashion have become very divisive. With the rise of the #AskHerMore campaign, reporters have been tasked with stripping sartorial queries. But the predicament lies in the fact that most of these stars truly do wear beautiful outfits, worthy of publicity, and peacocking ensembles basically beg to be talked about. So when Brie Larson, this awards season’s breakout star, attended the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in an eye-catching Emilia Wickstead ensemble, she was basically begging someone to ask her about fashion.
“The dress…” a redheaded woman in the front row of the conference said. “Which one?” Larson asked, thinking maybe she was referring to the rags she wore in her Oscar-nominated film Room. “The dress for the Oscars, do you have your dress,” the reporter clarified. The 28-year-old star, who had just lobbed deep questions with aplomb about the allegorical meanings of her movie and the trails of newfound fame, reacted in disgust to realizing that the rising fashion plate would have to talk on a public about clothing. “That’s what you want to ask me?”
Brie Larson in Emilia Wickstead at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon. Photo: AP
The very professional journalist soldiered on despite the scoffing and finished her question: “Is there pressure for you to be best dressed and all that?” Then, determined to make fashion seem smart, Larson answered eloquently, despite her obvious distaste for the topic. “I feel like the way I’ve been able to understand clothes and fashion better is it’s a great way for me to express what’s happening on the inside,” she said. “So my goal with each dress that I’ve worn has been to try and reflect what my soul looks like, which is far more complicated than any dress could ever be.”
While not nearly as dramatic as Jennifer Lawrence calling out a reporter backstage at the Golden Globes (she called a foreign man looking down at his phone to “live in the now”) the situations certainly share similarities. Larson might not be labelled “rude,” but her remark certainly wasn’t nice.
The dress question starts at 3:13.