Jenny Beavan Just Won Her Third Oscar for Cruella Costumes, and She’s a Legend

Beavan’s first Oscar win for ‘A Room With a View’ is a no-brainer, as it makes the Edwardian costumes worn by Helena Bonham-Carter and Maggie Smith look beautiful, lived-in and timeless. The designs for “Fury Road” are unlike anything else in the movies, blending the essence-infused metals of dieselpunk, natural fabrics and a variety of tribal inspirations to create something that’s both recognizable and out of this world. of this world. A look at the monstrous Immortan Joe tells you more than a dozen lines of dialogue, almost entirely in service of Beavan’s costume work. His crossed pistols are reminiscent of the Wild West, his chest plate has ancient Roman undertones, and his chest medals mimic military personnel throughout history. The skull mask is intimidating but also helps him breathe meaning he is not an immortal immortal and has weaknesses. Every costume receives this level of attention, which makes every new watch even richer as you can capture new details in every War Boy or Desert Wanderer background.

Meanwhile, “Cruella” features a punk-rock aesthetic crossed with high fashion (punk and high fashion have long been bedfellows). Everyone’s costumes are awesome, but Cruella’s (Emma Stone)’s are a punk fashion fan’s wildest dreams come true, and her biggest enemy, the Baroness (Emma Thompson), is the queen of dresses. naughty. In his acceptance speech at the 2022 Oscars, Beavan gushed:

“I think Emma Thompson hyperventilating some of her fittings with glee was one of the highlights of my career.”

You see, here’s the thing: in addition to being an incredibly talented costume designer who’s worked on movies like “A Cure For Wellness,” “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The King’s Speech,” and ” Jane Eyre” is also an unfussy Englishwoman from London who always gives fun, down-to-earth acceptance speeches and looks like the real thing. Congratulations on your trifecta!