Why Kidman doesn’t play it safe


SHE fits into couture sizes usually reserved for supermodels and is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand — and stylish — actors.

Nicole Kidman’s acting career is currently on a hot streak, with her new movie The Beguiled out this week and an Emmy nomination for her role in Big Little Lies.

And the Oscar-winner, 49, is absolutely nailing her on-screen and red carpet looks, never playing it safe and continually pushing fashion’s boundaries.

New York-based Stacey Battat was the costume designer for Kidman and her co-stars including Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

Battat said the statuesque Australian was “the ideal person to dress”.

media_cameraOne of Nicole Kidman’s most stunning recent looks, a Dior frock at Cannes in May.

media_cameraShe looks ‘great in everything’, says Nicole Kidman’s costume designer for The Beguiled.

“It was my first time working with her and I love her,” Battat told News Corp Australia.

“She’s such a beautiful, tall statuesque woman. She looks great in everything. She was a real trooper, she was happy to wear corsets. She’s got a great idea about how clothes fit and she was super helpful during the process.”

Battat said Kidman had input on The Beguiled’s costume design.

“Her suggestion made the most incredible scene in The Beguiled,” Battat — whose father is Australian — said.

“She said to me, ‘oh you know what would be great? If we were all in white dresses, like a witch’s coven’. And I said, you’re right! We did that. And it really looks so amazing to have them all in white.”

Battat said Kidman was “really is the ideal person to dress because she’s so long as so tall and has an incredible body for clothes”.

The blonde beauty regularly wears Dior, Gucci, Valentino, Prada, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte and Christopher Kane on red carpets.

media_cameraA black-and-white moment in Calvin Klein by Appointment at Cannes for The Killing of a Sacred Deer premiere.

media_cameraPretty in Alexander McQueen pink.

media_cameraShe glittered in Rodarte.

media_cameraAnd suited up in Chanel at the Oscar nominees’ luncheon.

media_cameraGreen with envy in sequined Gucci at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

In February, Kidman’s personal stylist Julia von Boehm — who handles her looks for red carpets — told the New York Times that Kidman was not playing it safe.

“She’s not going the safe road,” von Boehm said, according to nytimes.com.

media_cameraNaked dress. Nicole Kidman, pictured with her husband Keith Urban, wearing Armani Prive at this year’s Oscars.

“We don’t need to create a replica for her — she even fits into the couture — which means I don’t have to limit myself to just the celebrity pieces a designer offers,” von Boehm said.

“We can also be very much on point, and on time, with what’s happening in fashion.”

The Beguiled is in cinemas now.

Originally published as Why Kidman doesn’t play it safe

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