The Fashion Statements of Blue Jasmine

By Miss Flick | 2014/09/23 - 05:16:03


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As Jasmine French (played by Cate Blanchet) first appears on screen in Woody Allen's movie 'Blue Jasmine', we don't immediately understand her true state of mind. On board of a plane, in a first class seat, wee see her unraveling her enchanting life to a stranger, and just a few minutes later, we realize how delusional and lost Jasmine really is. She's not just boarding on a plane to move into her sister's modest, tiny apartment in San Francisco. She's leaving her extinct fantasy life in New York's Upper East side, after her former husband, a deceitful business man (played by Alec Baldwin) gets caught by the FBI, making all their precious assets confiscated.

Jasmine presents herself like a true Park Avenue dame, with her white boucle Chanel jacket, her Roger Vivier shoes and her caramel Hermès Birkin bag. Suzy Benzinger, costume designer for the movie, goes through all these iconic fashion pieces that make a true statement of luxury and exclusivity to create a stereotype that is ready to be dismantled along the movie. Spoiled Jasmine is broken, without the necessary backbone to support the difficulties of life and, as the days go by, her Chanel jacket gets wrinkled, her Vivier shoes get muddy and her hair gets messed up by everything that crosses her path. 

Still, these pieces of clothing are what links her to this delusional world of memories in which she constantly rambles. They are her armor and her way to stay connected to what she believes is her true identity. 
Cate Blanchett as Jasmine, with her Hermès Birkin Bag
Jasmine wearing a Fendi dress, Missoni for Target cardigan and a Hermès Birkin bag
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Jasmine wearing Roger Vivier shoes
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Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
Jasmine wearing Akris roll-up sleeve blouse and Michael Kors pants
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'Blue Jasmine', 2013
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Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
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Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
Jasmine wearing a a Piazza Sempione blouse
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Cate Blanchett in a red Carolina Herrera dress for 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
Jasmine wearing a red Carolina Herrera dress
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Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
Cate Blanchett wearing a white linen dress by Façonnable
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Cate Blanchett and ally Hawkins in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
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Peter Sarsgaard and Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
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Cate Blanchett in a white boucle Chanel jacket for 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
Jasmine in a white boucle Chanel jacket
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Cate Blanchett in 'Blue Jasmine', 2013
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