Fug or Fab: Cate Blanchett


Well, her head looks amazing. But the rest of it, I should not even be putting up to a vote:

This is unflattering on her — ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE — and it also looks like it suffered some kind of GRIEVOUS accident at the dry cleaner, prompting the most scorching review that establishment has ever seen. NO STARS.

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Comments (71):

  1. Amanda

    Even Her Cateness cannot rock that mess.

  2. qwertygirl

    This is a skirted mesh Rorschach test. I see a big open flower stradling her collar bones. It’s actually a bit disturbing.

  3. Annie E

    I actually think I would like it (on her) if the bottom was like the top and there was no hideous unflattering tulle.

    •  Vandalfan

      I’m with you. The pleated tulle and off-set hems don’t work, but I adore the spider web effect, with every fiber of my being.

      I love the top part. And her lipstick, too.

  4. Ruth

    I don’t think SWINTON could pull this travesty off. I think the worst part is the asymmetry. Spiders are more meticulous than that!

    • simply_readd

      Swinton would blanch — becoming transparent, I suspect — at being presented with this dress by a stylist … SHE. WOULD. NOT!!

  5. Kate

    She is really testing the limits of my love for her.

  6. Tar Heel Gal

    Was it her first chance to see Spiderman on Broadway after her own movie premiere, and it just happened to be “dress as a character in the play” night?! The fit is indeed hideous, asymmetrical spider webbing, good grief. But, ha, love that she has commoner nails like me! Too cute!

  7. Elizabeth

    The asymmetry just makes her look like she buttoned herself wrong.

  8. luvthefuggers

    Someone had to have begged her to wear it, or paid her. I’d do it for money.

  9. Rachel

    It would be alright if there were net long sleeves and she had super dramatic makeup.

    I think the face is there on purpose

  10. Other Emily

    Wow. I’m in so much pain right now. I love Queen Blanchett so much, but there is nothing nice I can say about this dress. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt this way about her before. thank god for her perfect, perfect head.

  11. Alison

    I feel like she accidentally wandered onto the set of American Horror Story: Coven and they put her in this before she could escape.

  12. val.

    Now that I’ve seen the face on the dress, I can’t UNsee it, and it’s creeping me out. I do NOT like this.

    • simply_readd

      It’s not only a face but a face looking blankly at a naked female torso. It’s the male gaze made flesh.

      • qwertygirl

        EW EW OH YOU GUYS!!! This is SO DISTURBING. Now I see that torso too! This is going to give me nightmares.

        • val.

          Ack I see the torso now, too! That’s it. I refuse to look at this picture ever again.

      •  Stplaz

        Omg, NO. I actually voted for the middle poll option before I noticed this. Teach me to vote before having a good look at the garment. Do not want.

  13. simply_readd

    This is less a dress than a graphic representation of my feelings viewing it. I have a pill to take now.

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  15. Theresa Robinson

    I want to see it moving. Sometimes things only work in motion.

    • Rachel

      Movement doesn’t really change it that much :/


      •  HelenBackAgain

        No, but somehow it makes me feel a little better that she wore this in France. I can’t explain why.

        It still might give me nightmares.

  16. Jules

    I wander what the back looks like?

  17. Maria L.

    And yet, from a technical point of view, I cannot help but admire it — and her fearlessness in wearing it.

  18.  Miss Jane

    So there IS a limit to the Carte Blanchett effect.

    Tip: when the fact that your boobs look to be asymmetrically waist-adjacent is not the scariest part of your dress, you should probably change.

  19. Bianca

    No. Honestly, I love her, but no.

  20. Evalyn

    for a second, I pictured this on Helen Bonham-Carter, but even her crazy could not sustain this dress.

  21. LB

    I don’t like the spiderwebbyness and the face and stuff but what I really don’t like is the asymmetry. I can’t do that stuff. I love things to be symmetrical. Always. It’s just the way I am.

    Her face looks pretty.

  22. Kristin Cass

    It looks like she walked into a halloween decoration and just went with it.

  23. Hannah

    No you may not, Cate Blanchett. Now take that spider web and those horrid shoes off and think about what you’ve done.

  24. BrownEyedBetty

    OK, so CB no longer gets C(arte) B(lanche) anymore. At least not in my book.

  25.  anne

    I know it’s an optical illusion, but the asymmetry of the skirt ALSO makes her look like Svetlana on the Sopranos.

  26. Roz

    I’m the only one that likes this, I guess. It is totally unique and original. I love it, although I would love it a lot more in red.

    • Sajorina

      I like it too and applaud her for being so bold! I love your idea of making it red, though!

  27. Mina

    This is what happens when you let Tim Burton dress an actress.

  28. Debbie Hoad

    There should be a voting option, ‘love the top, hate the skirt.’ The top half is interesting. Would love to see it with pants.

  29. Debbie Hoad

    I just realised what I thought was the ‘top’ is actually created by the overlaid garment’s design. Pity. That would have been a creative and interesting top.

  30. Tiffany

    I love Cate but I do not love this!

  31. Claire1

    Before I noticed the whole torso fiasco….I thought that the nipple on the faux torso made it look like her own had dropped…..

  32.  HelenBackAgain

    I understand why it seemed like an interesting idea. I really, really do.

    I don’t understand how, once it was made, no one looked at it and said, “That’s the sartorial representation of Ed Gein. We have to start over.”

  33. Moxie Lola Carroll

    It’s the unholy union of a black widow spider and a binder full of graph paper.

  34. Claire1

    Here’s the thing…If I saw this hanging on a canvas…I would, without shame, LOVE IT!

    •  HelenBackAgain

      Now there’s an idea. Maybe this designer should take up painting instead. This would be fascinating wall art.

  35. Carl

    Smoking my spiderweb lily pipe for a total babe, CHAaaaaaaa!

  36.  Nee S

    This is what I imagine you would get if Target brought out a line inspired by Helena Bonham Carter.

  37. daphne

    ok, if the dress were on anyone else, I wouldn’t give it a second thought. heck, I’d barely give it a first thought ! it would be a thumb DOWN, a la Roman emperor style (!), throw the black schmatte to the lions !

    but for La Divina, Cate ? she comes with (mumble-a-number) free Fug passes ! for me..


    so I’m gonna opt for the Metaphorical: she is wearing Jasmine’s ‘web of lies’ ! in Goth black. perfect, no ? !

    Jasmine is a weird Woody Allen mish-mash of Blanche DuBois + Ruth Madoff.. whom I ought to dislike intensely. but. Cate made Jasmine positively luminous with pathos by the final scene.. gave her genuine, tragic dimension-

    I’m gonna go with the dress.. as a fitting comment on the film/role. a delicate mess of strange, creeping, black, not-quite-lace.. over luminous, pale satin and paired with Cate’s radiant face and grace.

    beauty is in the eye of the fan, eh?!

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  39. Terri Watson

    The face on her stomach is scowling at her shoes!!

  40. daphne

    .. Jasmine dressed in her WEB OF LIES- in Goth black.

    perfect ? !

  41. nobody much

    holy crap this is bad. lumpy, misbuttoned, and eww. (didn’t read all the comments, but everyone else probably said the same.)

  42. bucket

    Just stupid. She lucked out early in her career but she really is an idiot.

  43. bucket

    Did you know she can read English but she can’t write it? Think about it?