Jamie Lee Curtis Explains the Symbolism Behind Her 2022 Oscars Dress

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ red carpet look at the 94th Academy Awards has a beautiful meaning behind it.

Speaking to PEOPLE before presenting Betty White’s ‘in memoriam’ segment at the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, Curtis – who wore a crystal-embroidered navy blue Stella McCartney evening dress and marquise star earrings in Cathy Waterman recycled platinum and ethically sourced diamonds, plus a blue ribbon in support of Ukrainian refugees – explained how her stunning award show look came about.

“Here’s the series of happy events that led up to that moment at the Oscars,” Curtis, 63, recalled to PEOPLE, revealing that longtime friend and publicist Heidi Schaeffer had relayed the message that she had been invited. to present “in memoriam” by Betty White on Sunday. To display.

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Jamie Lee Curtis

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“My first thought was that I should bring a rescue dog with me since Betty White loved animals more than people. It would honor her legacy of animal rights activism and support,” Curtis continued. “I thought then that I should wear a designer who is an advocate for animal rights and who uses sustainable materials and non-animal materials in their designs.”

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94th Academy Awards – Arrivals

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“Stella McCartney continues the legacy of her mother, Linda McCartney, and her lifelong activism in veganism and animal rights,” Curtis told PEOPLE, adding that she texted her godchildren , Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and another of her friends, supermodel Amber. Valletta, asking to be connected with McCartney, who designed Curtis’ custom look with his team.

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Curtis added: “Within 10 minutes Stella and I were texting and the dress was designed. There were some complications getting a small rescue dog due to union rules but I persevered and am happy to have been able to shine the many bright lights of this moment on heroes who save animals and give them a new chance to live in a loving and nurturing family. I love the “connecting the dots” of all this moment.”

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Curtis and White starred together in the 2010 romantic comedy, You againwhich also stars Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver and Kristin Chenoweth.

The day after White’s death – shortly before her 100th birthday – Curtis penned a heartfelt tribute to the famous actress, writing on Instagram: “What women WANT is to live a life like Betty White. Full of love, creativity, integrity, humor and dedication. and a life of service to animals. To honor him today, please donate to the @morrisanimalfoundation Morris Animal Foundation or any other animal advocacy group! She would love that. Rest, beautiful woman. We will continue for you!”

The 2022 Oscars airs Sunday from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on ABC.

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