Getting Ready

Getting Ready with Marchesa’s Co-Founder Georgina Chapman

Before the Weinstein Company’s pre-Oscar bash.

By: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Kate Hollowell

If you’re going to tag along with someone during Oscars weekend, there’s probably no better candidate than Georgina Chapman. As co-founder of Marchesa, pretty much any party-ready poufy dress is as good as hers; and when you factor in her plus-one to these things (Weinstein Company co-chair and producer Harvey Weinstein), chances are youre more or less set for a picture-perfect Oscars weekend.

With all of the above in mind, you can probably imagine that when we had the chance to drop in on Chapman getting ready for the Weinstein Company pre-Oscars party Saturday night, we not only took it, we ran with it. We then proceeded to rifle through the rack of gorgeous Chapman-designed custom gowns, shoes, and jewelry in a suite at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, sip a little champagne, and catch up with Georgina on what goes down during her awards season getting-ready process. All in an Oscars weekends work, right?


“I believe that very dramatic makeup calls for softer, simpler hair and vice-versa. It’s all about balance. Getting dressed-up should be about having fun, so I don’t follow any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to fashion and beauty.”

“[If you were to look in my clutch, you’d find] the essentials! A credit card, hotel key, my iPhone and lipstick.”

“The days leading up to the Oscars are quite hectic. There is a lot of running around and fittings upon fittings, but it is such a thrilling time! Usually a few hours before the dinner I am able to get ready—from picking out what I want to wear to going into hair and makeup, I leave that to the professionals!”

“I use Moroccanoil Treatment in my hair while it’s wet to instantly make it more manageable and easy to style. Plus, it gives my hair a brilliant shine. I also treat myself to regular facials with Patricia Wexler to keep my skin healthy and glowing, especially during awards season.”

“I try to stick to a regular exercise regime, which includes yoga and hiking with my friends when I am in L.A.! I find [it] to be a great release during such a hectic time.”

“I’m wearing one of my favorite dresses from our Spring/Summer 2017 collection. It is a knee-length cocktail dress with a ruffled peplum skirt in black satin-faced organza with a black beaded bodice on tulle.”

“My favorite beauty products at the moment are Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Muse Palette and Rock ‘N’ Kohl liquid eyeliner. The perfect combination for a smokey eye.”

“This is one of my favorite nights and something I look forward to every year. The dinner is so fun and light-hearted and we’re surrounded by our closest friends.”