|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!