Jenny Beavan is known for a few things in Hollywood, most notably her impeccable costume designs and her strikingly relaxed and casual attire.
But in the days following her success at the Academy Awards – collecting a trophy for best costume design on Mad Max: Fury Road – Beavan’s talent for design has been overshadowed by debate on her choice of red carpet outfit.
Dressed down in a leather jacket and pants, some have labelled Beavan’s self-elected dress code as ‘disrespectful’ and ‘unladylike’. One of those people was columnist for the Daily Telegraph, Sarrah Le Marquand, who suggested the Oscar winning talent should, “put on a dress”.
It was an attitude that wasn’t appreciated by model and TV personality, Jesinta Campbell, who vehemently defended the Englishwoman and praised her individuality.
The 24-year-old spoke on the Today Show this morning, telling the panel: “I feel passionate about this, I love a woman who does not conform to ideals of society and Hollywood, go girl…
“A man can wear what he wants and Karl (Stefanovic) wore the same suit every day and when a man wears something… no one comments about it and talks about his achievements.”
Le Marquand disagreed. “It is the Oscars,” she argued, “put on a dress lady… I mean brush your hair….”
“No one gets an Oscar nomination without putting in the hard work… Have a little bit of respect for your fellow nominees and your hosts… And sometimes we do call out blokes for being disrespectful.”
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But Franklin wasn’t about to take her comments lying down, telling Le Marquand: “It was an ode to Mad Max.”
“She’s passionate and creative and to say a woman is disrespectful because she doesn’t brush her hair is backward step in the fight for feminism. Kudos to you girl, I have a new girl crush.”
A scruffy appearance is synonymous with Beavan’s name, and after 30 years in film (her first Oscar was in 1986 for the movie A Room With A View), actors and film industry personnel now identify her by her unique appearance. Just last week, good friend Stephen Fry laughed about her being a “bag lady” at the BAFTAs.
Speaking to the Daily Mail after her win, Beavan just doesn’t seem fussed with the glitz and glamour of high fashion.
“I am very happy to talk about it. I don’t do frocks and absolutely don’t do heels, I have a bad back,” she told the publication.
“I look ridiculous in a beautiful gown. This was a homage to Mad Max and I obviously didn’t get it quite right at the Baftas, the scarf was meant to be an oil rag,” she said.
Are you the type to dress down? What would you wear to a ‘black tie event’?