A Vera Wang insider has responded to General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn's tweets alleging the fashionista denied GH's costume designer the right to purchase one of Wang's dresses to appear on the series. The source told frock blog Styleiteno one from GH had attempted to buy a VW dress!
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 — and pointed out that Wang’s dresses — bridal and otherwise — have been all over television. Wang recently dressed Kim Kardashian for her wedding to basketball player Kris Humphries, and before that, its dresses had been featured on shows like The View, Oprah and The Martha Stewart Show. The source added that turning down a sale under any circumstance would be “very strange.”
GH's costumer Mary Iannelli wasn't trying to feel VW on this statement, emailing Styleite that a salesperson from Wang's Melrose Place store had in fact told her to go buy a dress at David's Bridal, which retails Wang's lower end offerings. As Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman, "Big mistake, HUGE!"
“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.”
This mess is better than an episode of Sex and The City, Ugly Betty and The Bold and the Beautiful combined! GH's new head writer Garin Wolf should write this Rags-to-Tweets battle into a storyline, featuring Grahn's character Alexis Davis and her style goddess bestie Katie Howard!
Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential for the next exciting chapter of As The Couture Turns. Team Nancy Lee!
Photo of Nancy Lee Grahn by ABC