Blue Jasmine
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Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

 

 

Blue Jasmine marks costume designer

Suzy Benzinger’s fifth time working

with Woody Allen.

 

 

Her resume includes Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity,and 

Whatever Works. After working with Allen so many times,

she’s become accustomed to his creative process.”It’s a funny

thing with him,” said Benzinger, “I know what he doesn’t like.”

She knows his taste so well, she even knows the “certain look” he

gives when he disapproves. “He wants his films to be timeless.

He doesn’t want you to look at one of his films five years from

now and say, ‘Oh, that was so trendy. That was so five years ago.’

He loves the classic stuff; that’s just the way he is.”Blanchett’s

character required more elegant clothes than the other characters

because Jasmine’s whole world is defined by bank accounts

and labels. So when Benzinger and Blanchett went hunting

for wardrobe, they hit up major designers. “As far as the brands

go for Jasmine, it really was Chanel and Fendi.” Jasmine was

also draped in gorgeous dresses by Valentino and Carolina

Herrera for the film. Benzinger was pleasantly surprised at

the generosity of fashion houses when asked if they could borrow

clothes for the shoot. “I called up Karl Lagerfeld and, I have to

tell you,” said Benzinger, “I was astounded. I sent a note and

in two days he shipped out two custom made jackets for Cate

Blanchett with the most beautiful note. And I just thought,

‘Oh my god,’ and he just said ‘For Cate, I’d do anything.’When

the jackets arrived, I said, ‘How could he do this?’ It was right

during the fashion shows and everything and he turned them

around and sent them to me. Cate put it on and it was perfect.”

That white Chanel jacket was one of the pieces that Allen

wanted for Blanchett’s character. It was a key piece that people

would recognize and flawlessly represented the character’s

background and lifestyle. “Woody loves to have costumes in

his films that speak volumes about history and fashion,”

explained Benzinger,  “I think as soon as I said Chanel jacket

his eyes lit up and he said, ‘Do you think we actually could get

a Chanel jacket?’ And I said, ‘I think we could.’”

 

 

 

Plot

 Cate Blanchett plays Jasmine, an Upper East Side socialite who

spends her time planning galas and being married to financier Hal

(Alec Baldwin). When it’s discovered that Hal was actually running

a Ponzi scheme, Jasmine is left broke and alone. She takes herself

and her nervous breakdown to San Francisco to stay with her

cute but dowdy sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), where the

difference between their two lives is made even more obvious.

 

 

 

Blue Jasmine is in cinemas now

 

 

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Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

 

 

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

 

 

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

 

 

 Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

 

 

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source: graziadaily.co.uk

nytimes.com