Cate Blanchett recycled her red carpet look for the 2020 Venice Film Festival, where she was president of the jury. Could this mean a bold new direction for the fashion industry? It is a decided move towards sustainability?

At Venice Film Festival, a new style is making waves. In fact, rather than anything new, it’s recycling old outfits that have made headlines. What does Cate Blanchett’s recycled red carpet look mean for the fashion industry at large?

VENICE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Jury President of the 77th Venice Film Festival Cate Blanchett and Festival Hostess Anna Foglietta attend the closing ceremony at the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 12, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

With 2020 proving a year mostly spent indoors, Venice Film Festival has given a lucky few the chance to dress up for a, now rare, in-person event. Venice Film Festival is the first red carpet event to take place during the pandemic and has been hailed a success. Despite limited international travel, many stars worldwide gathered to celebrate new movie releases.

Cate Blanchett’s recycled red carpet look

Cate Blanchett is this year’s president of the jury at the film festival, leading all eyes and cameras to fall on her. During the festival, Blanchett made two stand-out appearances on the red carpet. However, avid fashion fans recognised the outfits she wore. Both outfits were worn to red carpet events – the BFI London Film Festival 2015 and BAFTAS 2016. 

The outfits in question include an Esteban Cortazar gown and Alexander McQueen top. Both were styled differently at this year’s event. The Alexander McQueen top was given a new lease of life as in 2020 it was paired with elegant tuxedo trousers. In London, Blanchett paired the top with a black feathered skirt.


Forward-thinking sustainable fashion

Such a prominent film star supporting sustainable fashion will help change red carpet fashion. The stylist behind these looks, Elizabeth Stewart, said: “It’s chic to repeat! Cate Blanchett has decided to re-wear some of her most cherished looks at this year’s Venice Film Festival”. 

Supporting the recycling of outfits is crucial to prevent the mindless consumption of new clothes, whether luxury pieces or fast fashion.

Photo by Artificial Photography on Unsplash

Charity benefits from recycled outfits

Blanchett has also supported Facing History And Ourselves and UN Women by donating her Esteban Cortazar gown to Chic Relief. Facing History And Ourselves, through partnerships around the globe, uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.

UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

The online auction will be held from 23 September to 2 October, with 100% of proceeds going to both charities.

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