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Friday 30 January 2015

Cate Blanchett gets custom Chanel costume

Cate Blanchett

Karl Lagerfeld immediately sent over custom-made pieces for Cate Blanchett's latest film appearance.

The actress stars in Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a woman who reconnects with her sister after suffering a crisis.

Costume designer Suzy Benzinger called on Karl Lagerfeld when dressing the star for her role and was amazed by the designer's generous response.

"I was astounded. I sent a note and in two days he shipped out two custom made jackets for Cate Blanchett with the most beautiful note. And I just thought, 'Oh my god,' and he just said, 'For Cate, I’d do anything,'" she marvelled to Lucky magazine.

"When the jackets arrived, I said, 'How could he do this?' It was right during the fashion shows and everything and he turned them around and sent them to me. Cate put it on and it was perfect."

The white Chanel jacket was an item director Woody Allen was very keen for Cate's character to wear.

It quickly became a key piece that Suzy is sure people will remember.

"Woody loves to have costumes in his films that speak volumes about history and fashion," she explained.

"I think as soon as I said Chanel jacket his eyes lit up and he said, 'Do you think we actually could get a Chanel jacket?' And I said, 'I think we could.'"

As well as the Chanel frontman, Suzy also called on Ralph Lauren.

Alec Baldwin also stars in the film, and his character sports loafers and white button downs.

"Honestly, Karl Lagerfeld and Ralph Lauren - I bow to them. They never said no," Suzy smiled.

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