DEADSTOCK BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: Cate Blanchett in Custom Valentino
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Elizabeth Stewart
Cate Blanchett in custom Valentino
Cate Blanchett in custom Valentino
Cate Blanchett in custom Valentino

As much as the fashion industry is getting the brunt of the criticism in making sure their processes and outputs are more woke and sustainable than ever, part of the responsibility also goes to the people who wear these clothes. And believe it or not, A-listers have a huge role to play in this area especially in setting the right example because their rotation of a new fit happens as often as we wash our hands. Thankfully, we’ve got Cate Blanchett. The Australian actress who is on the cusp of winning her third Oscar has made it her stance for the last five years to try and re-wear her previous red carpet looks, breaking all the rules when it comes to Hollywood dress codes. Google the number of times she has walked onto a red carpet of a film premiere or a major film festival outfitted in the same pieces that were tailored to her proportions in the first place (and my goodness, they still fit like a glove). At the recent Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Los Angeles, Blanchett pulled off another winning woke look. She wore a custom Valentino tuxe created by Pierpaolo Piccioli that was completely made of deadstock fabric from the Italian fashion house’s archives. Fashioned in what can be regarded as the hottest colour of the moment – a turquoise or Tiffany Blue – this loose-fitted tuxe was also accompanied by a pink oversized bow on the waist – one that had a peek-a-boo moment whenever Blanchett placed her hand into her trouser pocket. We won’t be surprised if Blanchett takes this look onto another red carpet or a post-Oscars party. An unofficial sustainability role model has to make the rounds too.

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