Cate Blanchett to Receive Costume Designers Guild Honor
Actress Cate Blanchett is to be feted with a top prize at the 2016 Costume Designers Guild Awards. The Oscar winner will add the Lacoste Spotlight Award to her ever-growing collection of accolades on February 23, when she is presented with the prize at the organization’s 18th annual ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
The honor is presented to an actor “whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design,” according to CDGA officials. Naomi Watts was awarded the same title last year, while Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway, Kate Beckinsale, and Halle Berry are all previous recipients. Blanchett joins director Quentin Tarantino among the 2016 CDGA honorees, while costume designer Ellen Mirojnick will receive a lifetime achievement award. Blanchett is known for her elaborate costumes onscreen, and has worked closely with wardrobe designers on the sets of films including The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Cinderella, and her latest critically-acclaimed project Carol. Academy Award-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, who dressed Blanchett for Cinderella and Carol, recently opened up about her style inspirations for Blanchett’s title character in the new period drama, explaining how she created the actress’ onscreen silhouette. “I looked at the specific fashion photographers like Gordon Parks, Clifford Coffin and Cecil Beaton, and if you pick up any magazine from 1952, that is the silhouette you will see,” she told Fashionista.com. “In order to create that silhouette, I had to start with the undergarments. That’s not Cate’s natural silhouette – she doesn’t have pointed bosoms. Believe it or not, a lot of the jacket shapes are actually padded over the hips to give that hip shape and the small waist and the bras provide that shape of the bosom. So you create the silhouette from the foundation garments and build the clothing over the top.”