When Vera Wang's offices were contacted about General Hospital actress Nancy Lee Grahn's angry tweets alleging that the designer refused to sell their wardrobe department a dress for a wedding scene, they were just as puzzled about it as the rest of us. Reports Styleite:
A source at Vera Wang said over the phone Wednesday afternoon that Grahn’s accusations were surprising and unusual. The source says the Vera Wang press office would “love the exposure” of being on a show as big as General Hospital ... denying a TV request doesn’t happen frequently — and when it does it’s a special circumstance.
“It’s sort of like a non-compete. Sometimes, I’ve had several shows ask me at once, and then I’ve had to decline a new request,” when a sample dress couldn’t be in two places at one, the source said.
Styleite also reached out to Mary Iannelli, General Hospital's costume designer, just to double-check her side of the story.
Iannelli wrote in an email that the store told her to go to David’s Bridal, where Vera Wang sells a lower-priced collection.
“Our audience, they claimed, was not their targeted market,” Iannelli wrote. “Never once did I ask to borrow any gowns from Vera Wang. Our intention was to purchase, NOT borrow, so it was insulting to be treated like I was asking for hand outs.”
It does make sense that this whole thing would turn out to be some sort of misunderstanding, especially since Vera Wang's brand is known for embracing mass-market audiences.