Nicole Kidman Uses Fashion as a Form of Rebellion
Between the success of HBO’s Big Little Lies and her ubiquity at the Cannes Film Festival, Nicole Kidman has been on a roll. Now she’s on the cover of InStyle‘s June issue and explaining just how important fashion is to her.
“There are dreams attached to fashion. When it’s presented in a way where you go [gasp], it just makes you feel good,” she said. “It allows me to express what I’m feeling, as in, I want to wear that because that’s actually my rebellion right now. Or that’s my way of fitting in. Or it’s my way of saying no. Or it’s my way of saying I’m different. I grew up with a grandmother and a mother who loved clothes.”
Kidman has worn countless designer gowns and costumes, among them her memorable yellow Dior gown at the 1997 Oscars, but only a few stick out to her as special. She’s giving away one of the more important things she’s worn, the white, short-sleeve Balenciaga gown she wore during her 2006 wedding to husband Keith Urban, to an exhibit in Australia called “Love.” She told the magazine: “I’ll support anything that supports love. Truly. Isn’t it the essence of everything? It can heal so many things. Good love, sweet love, kind love, gentle love, powerful love. There are so many different forms of love, which then leads to loss, which then leads to all the primary emotions. We all know children who were raised with love. You can see them.”
Still, she cherishes her memories made with the designers who have styled her over the years. “I remember when I first met with John Galliano and I would see him working in Paris at Dior,” she recalled. “And also Karl Lagerfeld, all of those Chanel dresses. But then, you know, [costume designer] Janet Patterson was one of the greats. She did The Piano and The Portrait of a Lady.”
Red carpets may not be the only part of her job, but Kidman does them well. And if the first half of 2017 is any indication, she’ll be walking many more in the months, and years, to come.