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Cate Blanchett In Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars

Best Dressed Award
When Cate Blanchett stepped on the red carpet at the 2011 Oscars tonight the competition for Best Dressed ended.

This is why I love Cate Blanchett; she glided down the red carpet wearing Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture gown looking sensational.

No one has even come close to matching this type of perfection tonight.

Her pleated lilac chiffon gown is embroidered with pearls details. I love the yellow as a contrasting colour.

Cate’s super short boyish crop has grown out. I much prefer this length as it’s more feminine.

Van Cleef & Arpels jewels completed her look.

If I was an actress on this red carpet I would grab my coat and go home.

Credit: Style.com & Getty

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102 Responses to Cate Blanchett In Givenchy Couture – 2011 Oscars

  1. Rachel February 28, 2011 at 00:55 #

    I agree with you! The moment I saw her I thought the same thing! She looks sensational!

    • Marvel February 28, 2011 at 12:10 #

      I agree. Everything about her is perfection

      • marian February 28, 2011 at 16:22 #


  2. Godiva February 28, 2011 at 00:56 #

    When I saw this dress I screamed “YES!!”
    The entire look is pure perfection. I love the dress — it isn’t like the other “uniform” award dresses and completely matches her personality.

    • Linda February 28, 2011 at 03:24 #

      Yes, agree completely 100 percent with FC. And Godiva, “uniform” is a great word to describe a lot of the dresses we see. This could easily be my BDOTY.

    • Ethne Blist February 28, 2011 at 03:29 #

      I agree. But I was hoping her McQueen. I call this Restrained Elegant Drama a la Blanchett.

  3. Amber February 28, 2011 at 00:56 #

    I saw this and gasped, and not in a good way, but in the What arrrrrrrrre you wearing way. Two big thumbs down!

    • Moxie February 28, 2011 at 02:05 #

      Glad to know I’m not the only one who didn’t like this look. I’m sure it is going to be at the top of many worst dressed lists tomorrow. Waist down it is lovely. Waist up is a train wreck with much to much going on.

    • Nat February 28, 2011 at 07:00 #

      Definitely on my Worst dressed list. I wonder if that circle above her waist has some special meaning. And what’s with yellow pearls and the origami shoulder covers…

      • Moxie February 28, 2011 at 15:30 #

        I could probably like it if it weren’t for the circle, the shoulders and the yellow beading. Not love it, mind you, but like it.

    • dee February 28, 2011 at 15:57 #

      This is terrible. I usually love what Cate’s wears but is one of the worse gowns on the red carpet. Horrific.

      • Maranna February 28, 2011 at 16:34 #

        Had this dress not been Givenchy, but rather the creating of a lesser-known designer, no fashion conoisseur wannabe would have liked it. At all. When have the “experts” ever liked innovation? However, if you attache a household name to it, it becomes “genius”. Ugh.

        • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 16:40 #

          I totally disagree with you. You are basically saying we are so stupid that we only like brands rather then the dress and the person in the dress.

          Really insulting

      • dee March 1, 2011 at 00:42 #

        Okay so I take back everything I said. This picture does not do this dress service. I saw a clip of Cate on TV and she is hands down the best dressed of the night. Her gown is breathtaking.

  4. vicky February 28, 2011 at 00:58 #

    I feel this years Oscar’s very mellow, fashion wise…
    There’s been one boring dress after another, and if the gown’s been OK something else with the styling has been off..
    And then Cate Blanchett appears. Pure heaven!!

  5. Shaina February 28, 2011 at 00:58 #

    My jaw just dropped! I am amazed at how she pulls off these amazing couture looks.

    I don’t know about everyone else, but this is on my mental BDOTY list.

  6. Jones19 February 28, 2011 at 01:00 #

    She, Mila Kunis and Mandy Moore are tied at the top for me. Stunning ladies.

  7. The Dame February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #

    Im loving seeing celebs in Givenchy Couture!

  8. Barbara February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #

    Yes Catherine, best dressed award.
    She is completly unique and fashion forward but still so elegant and feminine… just LOVE IT!
    She will win the best gown of 2011 (again!) :)))

  9. REEZY February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #

    yes indeed. and she does it with such ease..

    She is the queen.

    Now bow down.

  10. CB February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #

    The dress looks significantly better on Cate than the runway model. I never would have selected it from the lookbook, but dang! Cate rocks it! Love the simple hair and accessories as well.

  11. Tania (itsnishy) February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #


  12. Tahj February 28, 2011 at 01:01 #

    Admit you’re biased! lol. I am too! Come on if someone like Reese Witherspoon of Mila Kunis wore this, they would be trashed. But it’s Cate Blanchett, only she could pull off this! (well or Tilda Swinton). Still not my best dressed of the night but hail Cate!

  13. Mirela February 28, 2011 at 01:02 #

    OMG!!! This is exquisite, flawless!!!

  14. Marlyn February 28, 2011 at 01:02 #

    OMG!!! Absolutely stunning, best dressed by far. Love her, so proud to be a fellow Aussie!!!

  15. Christy February 28, 2011 at 01:03 #

    Right with you FC, she looks incredible. By being a little different in her choices she always knocks it out of the ball park.

  16. Y! February 28, 2011 at 01:03 #

    I love this dress from far, the colour is amazing, so are the shoulders! but when looking at the pictures taken in close distance, I really find the pearl disturbing especially the yellow ones. I am really sad…

  17. Mina February 28, 2011 at 01:03 #

    “If I was an actress on this red carpet I would grab my coat and go home.”

    This is why I love you FC: not only is your knowledge of fashion Nobel worthy, you have the most AWESOME sense of humor ever!

  18. bec February 28, 2011 at 01:03 #

    Arrrrrrghhhh she is amazing!! perfection! :)

  19. Incroyable February 28, 2011 at 01:04 #

    Excuse my language but, F@#KING AMAZING!!

  20. rebecca o February 28, 2011 at 01:04 #


  21. molly February 28, 2011 at 01:05 #

    As soon as I saw this, I knew she would be your best dressed. Im loving this. The dress is so exciting but in a low key sort of way:D

  22. lalala February 28, 2011 at 01:06 #

    queen Cate!!

  23. Dirk February 28, 2011 at 01:06 #

    I really don’t like the top half of the dress though. I think it’s the sleeves.


    “If I was an actress on this red carpet I would grab my coat and go home.”

    LMAO. that was a good laugh. I cold just imagine Nicole Kidman looking at Cate and saying ‘oh, well. i tried. Keith, get the limo, we’re going home.”

    • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 01:15 #

      LMAO…at your Kidman comment

  24. asherlev1 February 28, 2011 at 01:06 #


    God, she looks flawless. The second I saw her I was so glad, cos she redeemed the entire red carpet show for me (the watching could get a bit boring at times).

  25. mm February 28, 2011 at 01:06 #

    Beautiful unique artistic Gowns like this were meant for women like Cate Blanchett! Bravo!! Will she be BDOTY again??

  26. Yaas February 28, 2011 at 01:08 #

    Gorgeos! (I think it’s the other look, number 5, not 7)

  27. mimi February 28, 2011 at 01:09 #

    I love Cate as much as you do but she is definitely not the best dressed. the color washes her out and the embroideries look weird

  28. chryssa February 28, 2011 at 01:10 #

    OMG!I couldn’t agree more!She looks absolutely stunning!Regal and oh! sweet i might add!Best Dressed for sure.

  29. Vidhya February 28, 2011 at 01:10 #

    Im actually blown away… its a perfect gown.. its givenchy, its couture, its on trend.. its nt lost in the sea of chintzy looking dresses… i wud put her up for BDOTY.. toooooo beautiful… other than amy adams and hilary swank.. its been pretty boring till nw.. thanks for this vision of perfection , fc

  30. Vera February 28, 2011 at 01:10 #

    Dear FC, Kate has worn a different dress, it’s number three from the presentation:


    Just take a look at the decoration and collar.

    • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 01:14 #

      thanks..you are right

      • Vera February 28, 2011 at 01:17 #

        Always welcome) You have a very hard night today, I wish you are OK after it!

        And thank you for your posts – as always)

  31. mol February 28, 2011 at 01:11 #

    Yep, I agree, the best seen, so far anyway, and it would be hard to top the perfection of this….

  32. Kaz February 28, 2011 at 01:12 #

    She looks fabulous and quite youthful.

    Wonder how many people predicted lilac as a red carpet trend for these Oscars!

  33. Laura February 28, 2011 at 01:14 #

    Such a regal and worthy best dressed. Cate works Givenchy like no one else can. A stunning choice. They talked to Jessica Paster on E before the red carpet. I wonder if she styled Cate. If she did, she did an amazing job.

  34. Pez Globo February 28, 2011 at 01:17 #


  35. msd February 28, 2011 at 01:17 #

    Completely agree! This is why I love her too. No tired pouffy princess ballgowns for Cate. She looks edgy and different but also really pretty at the same time. I love the back too although we can’t see it in this photo.

  36. sydneycheekychic February 28, 2011 at 01:25 #

    arrggh!! Love her! Love this!!!

    I’m so glad she’s there this year!

  37. Martin February 28, 2011 at 01:26 #

    This is flawless, this is faultless, this is perfection. Tears welled up in my eyes when I saw Cate in this gown. Style. Icon.

  38. Nia February 28, 2011 at 01:29 #

    Stunning and unique.

  39. SpanishFashionista92 February 28, 2011 at 01:38 #

    She just owned the night with this gown

  40. PamG February 28, 2011 at 01:44 #

    Dazzling! I love that she always does something unexpected and looks extraordinary!

  41. msd February 28, 2011 at 01:45 #

    Another thing I wanted to say is that she has this great quality of appearing completely relaxed and effortless in couture. I don’t know how she does it but she somehow manages to make everyone else look like they’re trying too hard. Tonight is no exception.

    • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 01:55 #


  42. Ev February 28, 2011 at 01:50 #

    It is a very unique dress and it matches her personality perfectly, but I am not wowed for some reason. I am longing for some color but it would’ve ruined the look completely. Just a little bit underwhelming.

  43. Ariel February 28, 2011 at 01:54 #

    Stunning. Love the embroidery!

  44. jen February 28, 2011 at 02:01 #

    WOW this is my favvvv dress from that collection & i m sooo glad it has made it to the oscars & she did it justice! awesome, just awesome. 100% agree on the best dressed

  45. Raquel February 28, 2011 at 02:20 #

    There is no star/actress with the same elegance, confidence and sense of self like Cate. No one other woman in the bussiness owens a look like her. Therefore, she is a winner.

    And the short do? WIN.

  46. Matt February 28, 2011 at 02:39 #

    As soon as I saw Cate hit the carpet, I knew she was wearing Givenchy and she looked incredible.

    I love Cate, I love this gown, I love Cate in this gown, but I picture this gown more for an event like the Met Gala. I had hoped she would wear Elie Saab or Alexander McQueen but this is a pretty incredible gown.

  47. Elisa February 28, 2011 at 02:53 #

    You are SO right. Sorry babes, Queen Cate is kicking ass and taking names in this dress. Mandy Moore alllllllmost had a chance, but then BAM! What a night of underwhelming, basic looks… We probably psych ourselves up more than these actress, because after one hour looking at style.com I’m sure everyone here could pick up better choices than them.

  48. Tropical Breeze February 28, 2011 at 03:02 #

    I lost my breath. This is the moment I live for. Pure perfection!!!

  49. KateS February 28, 2011 at 03:10 #

    Wow, she’s on a whole nother level. This is perfection. So unexpected and so different from the standard red carpet oscar dress, but so beautiful. Only Cate.

  50. mochababe73 February 28, 2011 at 03:12 #

    I HATE this dress. I guess that I am not fashionista enough to appreciate it this. I think if the bodice were plain or that big circle was not on it, maybe I would like it. As it is, that circle looks like a big target.

    • Sharon March 1, 2011 at 18:26 #

      You really made me laugh, mochababe. I feel much like you about this dress. Maybe my couture appreciation system has short-circuited.. The color is beautiful and I love the skirt, but the bodice decoration looks to me like an Aztec sun god symbol. I’m also not a fan of the yellow embroidery on the back and shoulders. Too Easter-eggy.

  51. Joven February 28, 2011 at 03:57 #

    When I saw Cate stepped out of the limo, my jaw dropped on the floor. Then, I had a “couture orgasm” after seeing her full shot wearing this dress. All I can say at that moment was “Oooh! Ahhhh!” If Elie Saab is your King, Cate Blanchett is my Queen!

  52. Nadia February 28, 2011 at 04:48 #

    Wherever Cate is, no one stands a chance.
    She’s just exquisite.

    xo Nadia

  53. pipsqueak February 28, 2011 at 05:22 #

    The gown has a feminine color palette but it’s a very sculptural look. Just like Cate – delicate and strong, edgy and regal all in one. I’d call her “divine,” but not really Oprah. This look is definitely the best dressed winner!

  54. candice February 28, 2011 at 05:41 #

    i like the cut of the shoulders. i like how it is different.

    however. and this is a big however. the adornments look like big, plastic, cheap beading that could have been done at kmart or target.

    i wld have liked it if the beading looked more intricate, expensive, elegant.


  55. karen February 28, 2011 at 06:20 #

    On tv her hair and makeup was spectucular too. And she wore beautiful yellow diamond earrings.

  56. Danielle February 28, 2011 at 06:27 #

    I thought this dress was beautiful. I got a glimpse of the back and loved it even more

  57. roxana February 28, 2011 at 06:54 #


  58. Lee Ann February 28, 2011 at 07:21 #

    This is the best look so far this year let alone the oscars.No need to comment on any other of the other perfectly executed but unexciting looks of the evening: Michelle Williams in white? Who would have thought? Nicole in couture Dior? Wow that’s a new one. Reese lady like? Who woulda thought? Sequins? Whoa steady on.
    You are right. If I was there saw this I would put my coat on and go home.

  59. Me February 28, 2011 at 07:44 #

    This photograph doesn’t do it justice – on television (red carpet and presenting) this dress looked amazing!

  60. Manuel February 28, 2011 at 07:51 #

    Im quite angered to read elsewhere that Blanchett is getting criticed for her Givenchy Couture dress. What on earth?? She looks incredible and so different from anyone else

    To me she is fantastic any way

    • msd February 28, 2011 at 14:35 #

      It’s not surprising it’s divisive, I mean the likes of Joan Rivers would never get on board with something this conceptual or different. (Thank God for that, though!) This dress is very “high fashion” too, so people who love high fashion adore it but people who don’t are perplexed by it or think it’s weird. Personally I wish more stars had been bolder with their choices. This year’s looks were a bit of yawn, sadly.

  61. Sigh February 28, 2011 at 08:05 #

    I don’t think it’s photographed well, but on t.v. (red carpet and presenting) she looked amazing.

  62. Andreea February 28, 2011 at 08:10 #

    I don’t know how she makes it,but she always looks incredible ! I liked the fact that she wore Givenchy,she looks outstanding.

  63. Louise February 28, 2011 at 08:15 #

    My first reaction was WOW. and i just can’t stop saying WOW. Perfection!

  64. S February 28, 2011 at 08:59 #

    Strangely I don’t like this look. I think the bodice detail makes her bust look a bit strange and the colour is a bit off too. Don’t hate me!

  65. nicky February 28, 2011 at 08:59 #

    gorgeous. no one could’ve pulled off this dress except from cate. she looks adorable…love the baby pink colour with her hair which looks great as well. this dress suits her personality so well. A++!

  66. Kitty February 28, 2011 at 09:57 #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! She is divine!

  67. b February 28, 2011 at 10:07 #

    Wow. Just wow.

  68. Emi February 28, 2011 at 10:13 #

    I agree, this is a perfect look. She can pull off gowns like this so easily, she has a fashion gift.

  69. Mary February 28, 2011 at 10:30 #

    When I saw her walking the RC last night my first thought was “Finally someone brought Cannes to Hollywood”. And for that she is my best dressed too!

    • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 11:14 #

      totally agreement

  70. Danika February 28, 2011 at 11:42 #

    I actually sighed when I saw this! Absolutely stunning, love love LOVE! Definitely best dressed by a good mile!

  71. Annel February 28, 2011 at 12:03 #

    Yes, yes, yes! A sci-fi/armour/target-disc/lavender-yellow colour combo is not an easy thing to pull off! – How does she do it?!

  72. cindy February 28, 2011 at 14:20 #

    I was watching the red carpet on tv and I saw somebody passs behind the interviewer, I just caught a glimpse of neon yellow and lilac and I litterally screamed! I grabbed my boyfriend’s lap and I was like: OMG OMG OMG somebody is wearing the givenchy dress OMG OMG OMG. And when I saw it was cate it was just the icing on top of the cake. She blew me away, this is going to be my BDOTY….flawless. Bow down before the queen, she did it again.

    • Fashion Critic February 28, 2011 at 14:31 #

      absolutely did it again

  73. Alexandra February 28, 2011 at 14:52 #

    i just can’t help revisiting the picture.

  74. Pablo February 28, 2011 at 15:00 #

    Holly gods of fashion! She’s just in a league of her own, the rest shouldn’t really bother! I just found my BDOTY. Lets all bow before Queen Cate 😀

  75. Fiona February 28, 2011 at 15:58 #

    Sublime – love it love it love it. Love the colour on her, and the delicate pleated fabric, and the pearl embellishment with the hint of yellow – it all sounds so wrong but on her is so right. Her hair is gorgeous, BDOTY and it’s only February!!

  76. Joy February 28, 2011 at 16:24 #

    Nobody feels a little biased to this dress on Cate? I love her, but this dress is no good with the weird circle my eyes can’t help but being drawn to and the puckering at the top of the circle? We would condemn someone else with that going on. I love her hairstyle and the pearl detail is beautiful, but I can’t get past the weird circle.

  77. Nancy Ries February 28, 2011 at 18:47 #

    I thought she looked amazing- truly. However, the dress did not come across as well in most photos (washed out) which is why I think it’s causing some flak.

    I’m crazy about it though!

  78. pascha March 1, 2011 at 03:22 #

    I was really hoping that Cate would wear a vintage Alexander McQueen but picking Givenchy was just genius.

    I would’ve gone with a more toned down version (more bejewelled in the crotch area) of this dress from F/W 10 Couture collection:


    but her choice on the night was equally stunning.

    Hehe and I totally agree with you on your last comment about going home. Although If I was an actress on this red carpet I would’ve grabbed my coat, gone home, dialled the number of my boring run-of-the-mill stylist who squeezed me into my predictably pedestrian red one-shoulder gown and given them a damn earful! 😛

  79. Sue Jin March 1, 2011 at 03:47 #

    She looks so incredibly gorgeous! When she came out to present the award there wasn’t enough time to catch all the beautiful details on this gown!

  80. susan March 1, 2011 at 05:52 #

    Oh, I so agree……..cate was sensational…….
    a real statement this Givenchy Couture dress that it was draped on this creative lovely beautiy

  81. lorelay March 3, 2011 at 10:18 #

    seriously?? she looks like a chair.

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