Friday, January 31, 2014

The Symbolism of Chanel in Blue Jasmine

Cate Blanchett wears this lovely Chanel jacket more than once in Blue Jasmine.

If you get a chance, do stop by Clothes on Film to read my latest article “Hanging by a Thread: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine.” It’s no secret that I loved Cate Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine when I saw it last August. I expect her to win an Oscar in March for Best Actress for her role as a New York socialite whose world has been turned upside down. I have also rhapsodized over the costuming work done by Suzy Benzinger for this film. It’s too bad she wasn’t nominated for an Oscar as well. I do think it is very tough to costume a modern day movie and get it right. Suzy got it right and I’m not the only person to think so. Guy Trebay of The New York Times also appreciated the subtle costume design in the film in his great article, “In ‘Blue Jasmine’ Suzy Benzinger Turns Clothes into Characters.” I highly recommend this piece since it features a transcribed interview with Suzy herself and has lots of fun background details that costume lovers like myself enjoy reading about!

Jasmine flies to San Francisco from NYC and heads straight to her sister’s liquor cabinet!

In the article I write about the symbolism of the gorgeous white Chanel jacket Cate wears in the film. The use of the jacket in the movie was done so well, by both Suzy, for designing it, and Cate, in the way that she wore it, that watching its own trajectory in the film really knocked home the sad truth of Jasmine’s situation.


If you’ve seen Blue Jasmine let me know what you thought of both the costumes and Cate’s performance!

8 comments:

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Gorgeous article, Jill. Simply gorgeous!! I'm so glad you gave the links.

une femme said...

Fabulous article, Jill! I love reading about theatrical and film costuming. I haven't seen Blue Jasmine yet, but hope to very soon.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I watched the movie last night and I loved the clothes that Kate wore...the Hermes scarf and bag, the Chanel jacket and belt. I thought the movie was well done although it did leave us hanging....my husband wanted the happy Hollywood ending, I actually like imagining what might have become of her.

Josephine Chicatanyage said...

I loved the film and agree the costuming was divine.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I did not have this film on my list of "must see," but I think you just convinced me to add it. Nice work Jill!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Great article Jill! I couldn't agree more about the slow steady transformation of how we view that jacket from the beginning to the end in parallel with how we view Jasmine.

I loved this film. Character studies are my favourite in films.

bisous
Suzanne

Linda said...

Jill,
Great review for Clothes on Film. Haven't seen the movie, but your description of Jasmine & her jacket makes it seem intriguing...

Tamera Beardsley said...

Well, you now have me really wanting to see this film! Thanks for the insight!