Last week our executive editor,
Laura deCarufel, blogged about her disappointment at
Blue Jasmine not being nominated for Best Costume design at this year’s Oscars. “There’s nothing safe or predictable about the costume design in
Blue Jasmine,” she wrote. “It’s not just that the clothes are beautiful—although it is a joy to see
Cate Blanchett strut around in custom Roger Vivier shoes, carrying a 35 cm
Hermès Birkin, and wearing a custom wool bouclé jacket designed especially for the film by Karl Lagerfeld. But what really elevates the costume design is that Suzy Benzinger, Woody Allen’s longtime costume designer, is able to depict Jasmine’s downfall simply through her wardrobe.” Continuing on with the theme of “films-that-were-snubbed-in-this-category," I’ll add
Blue Jasmine, the retro-futuristic fashions in this sci-fi romance about a man (Joaquin Phoenix), who falls in love with his operating system (
Scarlett Johansson), contributed to our understanding of the movie’s larger message.
How did high-waisted pants, no belts, no ties or lapels and small or non-existent collars manage to do that?