Last night saw the official opening ceremony of the 2020 Venice Film Festival, marking one of the first major red-carpet events to take place since the coronavirus pandemic began. And, while there were certainly some differences to what we are used to seeing (i.e. everyone's favourite new accessory, the face mask), some things remained the same, namely actress Cate Blanchett's commitment to championing sustainability on the red carpet.
The Oscar winner arrived to the ceremony wearing a blue sequin dress by Esteban Cortázar, one which she has worn previously. The beautiful frock, complete with white-trimmed ruffle detail, was first seen on the actress at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival premiere of her movie Carol.
This is not the first time that Blanchett has re-worn an old dress to an important red-carpet event. In fact, she is making something of a habit of it in a bid to draw attention to issues surrounding fashion consumption.
At the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in 2019, Blanchett wore a beautiful black lace Armani Privé gown, one which she had initially worn to the 2014 Golden Globes. Late last year, she also made a case for sustainability at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London, re-wearing a sequin jumpsuit that she had been pictured in previously.
Blanchett is one of the few actresses to turn to old looks for such big occasions – and she has previously called society's habit of throwing clothes way after a few wears "wilful and ridiculous".
"From couture to T-shirts, landfills are filled with garments that have been unnecessarily discarded," Blanchett told The Hollywood Reporter last year. "Particularly in today’s climate, it seems wilful and ridiculous that such beautiful garments are not cherished and re-worn for a lifetime."
Last night, Blanchett's stylist shared images of the actress' look onto her Instagram account with the caption: "It's chic to repeat!"
She went on to explain that Blanchett and Cortázar have donated the dress to the Rad at Venice auction, which will be benefitting a number of charities, including Facing History and UN Women. You can find out more about the auction here – and can see more highlights from this year's Venice Film Festival red carpet below.
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