Like Zendaya and Rihanna, at this point, Cate Blanchett should be retired from best dressed and outfit of the week consideration because the looks are always amazing. 


But what Cate’s doing here is extra, extra special, even by her standards. 

Cate Blanchett attends the 2023 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on June 15, 2023 in New York City

This is Cate last night at the Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York. She’s wearing Armani Privé and she looks incredible. But she also looks… familiar. And that’s because this dress has been on a journey! A journey of sustainability. Let’s track its history. 


It started back in 2014 at the Golden Globe Awards like this – black lace, high collar, cap sleeves: 

Cate Blanchett attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Four years later in 2018 she wore it again with no major adjustments but here’s a better look at the back: 

Cate Blanchett attends the screening of "Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)" and the opening gala during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 8, 2018 in Cannes, France

The dress then resurfaced, in part, earlier this year at the SAG Awards in February. What they did was use the lace from the original dress and laid it underneath a fitted sequined gown. 

So that’s just four months ago – and then last night we have this: the sequin gown stays, but now she’s swapped out the piece underneath for a different lace piece that has a totally different energy: 


The similarity is there, sure. But as you can see, especially in the way she’s done her hair, the first lace underlay is a more classic vibe, matched by the classic hairstyle. The second sheer underlay has a more modern edge, so her hair is a bit messier, the waves much more relaxed and casual to go with the more modern spirit of the update. 

It’s creative, it’s obviously super fashionable and stylish, and it’s also totally baller because, again, it hasn’t even been half a year since the dress came out last and yet here she is again, pulling out something that’s still pretty fresh in people’s minds, not bothered by the proximity between the appearances. Which is bold considering how, never mind celebrities, even civilians try not to wear the same sh-t too often. But that’s the mindset we’re all going to have to start dismantling if we’re to really commit to sustainability in fashion. Cate, a fashion icon, is trying to set this example.