by ALEENA BEIG
The $150,000 pearl-studded gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong’o to Sunday’s Academy Awards was stolen Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from her hotel room in West Hollywood, California.
Detectives on Thursday, February 26, 2015 were investigating the theft at the London, a luxury hotel just off Sunset Boulevard, said Lt. William Nash of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
Nyong’o made an immediate fashion splash when she hit the Oscars’ red carpet in the plunging custom Calvin Klein gown encrusted with 6,000 white Akoya pearls. Fortune estimated the value of the pearls alone at $150,000.
The gleaming ensemble landed Nyong’o on many Oscars best-dressed lists. Gushed the Los Angeles Times, “How can you not be impressed by the workmanship on this pearl-palooza?”
Nyong’o said that she helped guide the design of the gown. “It was so much fun to create this dress,” she said on the red carpet. “We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.”