Cate Blanchett graces W’s December/January cover, photographed by Tim Walker for the magazine’s annual art and fashion issue.
For the shoot, Cate transformed into Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince. Many of the clothes she is wearing in the portfolio were created specifically for this shoot, including custom-made pajamas by Prada, dresses by Stella McCartney and Boss, and bloomers by Alberta Ferretti.
In the interview by Lynn Hirschberg, Cate talks about her role in Carol, the importance of fashion and costume design in her films, and more.
Blanchett still seemed surprised by the mild uproar over the casting of Carol:
“Art is supposed to be a provocation, not an education. In 2015, the point should be: Who cares if I had lesbian relationships or not? Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always thought that my job as an actor was to raise and expand the audience’s sense of the universe.”
On the role of fashion in her films:
“I love working with the costume designers on movies. You can visually represent the character through a dress or a bag or shoes. In Blue Jasmine, clothes illustrated my character’s demise. If I pair a Birkin bag with a knockoff sweater from Wal-Mart that looks like Chanel, I can subtly reveal the character, and I don’t have to play that emotions.”
As Carol, Blanchett wears a strikingly huge mink coat with a shawl collar that symbolizes her wealth and social status. “The mink was old and it kept falling apart. Between takes, Sandy Powell, the costume designer, would sew it back together by hand. I considered changing coats, but when you find the right thing, you know immediately: That coat was the one to tell Carol’s story. It was perfect.”