GIORGIO ARMANI DRESSES CATE BLANCHETT FOR THE FILM “HANNA”
April 7, 2011 (MILAN, ITALY) – In his latest collaboration for the big screen, Giorgio Armani lends his signature style to director Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” outfitting Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in select wardrobe for her pivotal role in the boldly original Focus Features adventure thriller, filmed on location in Europe and Morocco.
The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (Academy Award nominee for Focus’ Atonement, also directed by Mr. Wright) and Eric Bana opposite Ms. Blanchett. Hanna (played by Ms. Ronan) is a 16-year-old who uniquely has the strength, stamina, and smarts of a soldier. Her upbringing and training by her widowed father Erik (Mr. Bana) have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. Out in the world
there is unfinished business for Hanna’s family; ruthless intelligence operative Marissa Wiegler (Ms. Blanchett) has long been harbouring secrets that tie her to Hanna and Erik. As Hanna nears her ultimate target, she faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
Given Mr. Wright’s weaving elements of dark fairy tales into the story, “Joe’s vision of Marissa as the Wicked Witch of the story meant that her colors would be red [for her hair] and green [in her attire],” comments Hanna costume designer Lucie Bates.
Giorgio Armani discussed with Ms. Bates and Ms. Blanchett how to best achieve selected looks for the character. The resulting silhouettes include elegantly tailored suiting and a striking green-colored cashmere overcoat.
“Working with Cate Blanchett, on and off the screen, has always been a highlight for me,” notes Mr. Armani. “She embodies the perfect combination of consummate actor and world-class fashion icon”
Giorgio Armani has been on the forefront of creating wardrobes for major motion pictures since he pioneered the movement by dressing Richard Gere in “American Gigolo” in 1980. Since then, many films have incorporated designs by Armani, including “Shaft,” “Primal Fear,” “The Untouchables,” “Gattaca,” “Stealing Beauty,” “Double Jeopardy,” “The Tuxedo,” “De-Lovely,” “A Good Year,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” and “The Dark Knight.”
Joining that exciting lineup, “Hanna” opened in theaters nationwide April 8.