Actress Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar dress was stolen from her hotel room on Feb. 24th, 2015. The dress, an irreplaceable pearl gown by Calvin Klein, was estimated to be worth $150,000. The dress was handmade by Francisco Costa using 6,000 white pearls and was taken from her hotel room at the fancy and renowned London West Hollywood in Los Angeles. The star of 12 Years A Slave, reported to law enforcement officers that the dress was stolen on Wednesday evening.
The designer dress and the thief were gone before police were notified just before midnight. Last year’s winner as best supporting actress in director Steve MCQueen’s critically acclaimed movie, Nyong’o, 31, was there at the scene when police arrived. Police reported that Nyong’o was out of the room when the crime occurred just three days after the actress wore the lavish dress at the Dolby Theatre.
Investigators believe the dress was taken sometime between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. There was no noticeable sign of forced entry. The dress was the only thing to have been stolen from the room by the thief. It wasn’t made clear if the dress had been insured before the incident. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and detective supervisor Lt. Michael White of the West Hollywood station are looking into key-card data to see who might have had access to the movie star’s room during the window in which detectives determined the dress was stolen.
Nyong’o was out and had been staying with a large entourage of friends, makeup artists, hairstylists and fitters who would have had access to her room and key card. “That’s what they’ve done for most of the day — interview people who might have had access to the room,” said White. “So far it’s employees.” Law enforcement is also looking into surveillance videos to see if they can spot the thief.
Nyong’o changed out of the dress before heading to the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party Sunday night. Lt. White made further comments stating how it would be hard for the thief to unload the dress. “Now that you have it, what do you do with it?” he asked. Calvin Klein declined to comment on the theft.