Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett shares the screen with her Birkin Bag

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine, with her Birkin bag

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, with her Birkin bag

Women wear their Birkins like a shield. They hold it in front of their bodies. It says, ‘Don’t get near me.’ We had to have one, but it was another case of the cost of an Hermès bag is my whole budget. Again, though, they surprised us by saying, ‘Come up and take anything you need.'” Suzy Benzinger, costume designer, Blue Jasmine

On Oscar night, I start watching TV early. In fact, my family knows not to disturb me after 6pm. It’s the perfect evening for me, bringing together my favorite things – movies and fashion. And this year, to my delight, ABC’s Red Carpet Pre-Show featured short films, entitled Fashion and Film. In one, Suzy Benzinger, costume designer for Woody Allen’s film, Blue Jasmine,  talks about how important Cate Blanchett’s Hermès Birkin handbag was to the story; in fact, Ms. Benzinger says the bag actually is another character, playing a prominent role in most scenes.

It’s what this blog is about; fashion playing an important role in our lives – our armor, our shields, ourselves.

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2 thoughts on “Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett shares the screen with her Birkin Bag

  1. I love the Oscar fashions, too…and re: the costuming/props for movies and really just acting in general…there are many actors, the great Sir Lawrence Olivier counted amongst them, who believed that a costume piece (a cane/glasses/purse…whatever) always helped define the essence of a character. It also helped the actor to discover the human being beyond the words.

    • Thank you, Kylie, for this news about Sir Lawrence Olivier. It’s wonderful to know that about him. Fashion matters! xx Mel

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