Before the Oscars get too far behind us I want to send up a cheer for Jenny Beavan, who won the Oscar for Best Costume Design for Mad Max: Fury Road. I have been a fan since Maurice and most Merchant-Ivory films, for Cranford, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility and A King's Speech. Her work has filled my costume p0rn needs since college.
She has been nominated for over 40 and won 18 international awards. Her costumes for Mad Max were breathtaking in their scope and diversity, plus they were just plain cool.
So why is everyone talking about what she wore to the Oscars? Instead of a dress and heels she chose to wear a custom made outfit in homage to Mad Max that included pants, a leather jacket and flat shoes. I'm sure the women and men squeezed into spanx and wobbly shoes wish they had the idea first. Maybe next year everyone will come in pajamas.
Is it becasue a woman, of a certain age, chose to wear what she wanted instead of scuttling around the edges trying to be invisible? Rock on Jenny. Thank you for doing and wearing exactly what you want and not caving to bullshit-Hollywood.
I want to celebrate the creativity and the damn hard work it takes to have a career that runs from corset to catalytic converter. Thank you Jenny for giving us so many beautiful things to watch again and again. Congratulations on your win!