Costume designer Jenny Beavan may want to step up her game at this year’s Oscars.
If you’ve never heard of her, she’s the British film-industry veteran nominated for her work on “Mad Max: Fury Road.” She recently won England’s BAFTA award for that movie and showed up looking slightly rumpled in a black jacket and gray scarf with fringe. The irony was enough for Stephen Fry, one of the U.K.’s best-known comedians, to post on Twitter: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady.”
Though Fry and Beavan are friends, his comment went viral and earned so many hate-tweets that he deactivated his Twitter account. Beavan tried to come to his defense, telling the Telegraph, “Yes we are friends, and I am absolutely not upset.”
Beavan’s personal fashion sense aside, her BAFTA award gives her a bit of an edge at the Oscars. Statistically, Sandy Powell might seem to be the leader with two nominations for her vibrant fairy-tale dresses in “Cinderella” and her more muted work in “Carol.” The other nominees — Jacqueline West, who gave “The Revenant” its palpable furs-and-filth look, and Paco Delgado, whose elegant work informed “The Danish Girl” — seem to have taken a back seat among Oscar-guessers. Oddsmakers and pundits generally have Beavan in the lead.
At any rate, Beavan may want to retire that fringe scarf before stepping on the Oscar red carpet.