At the New York premiere of “A Most Violent Year” at Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan on Sunday night, a cluster of flashbulbs lit the red carpet upon Jessica Chastain’s arrival. Nothing new there, as the popular, Oscar-nominated actress has been on a whirlwind in the awards circuit lately, promoting not just the fall blockbuster “Interstellar,” but also her passion project “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which The Weinstein Co. is now pushing for Oscar qualification.
“Do you recognize this dress?” she said to her costar Oscar Isaac, who rushed to embrace her in front of the cameras. The sweeping, red wrap gown is a version of a similar purple dress her character Anna wears in J. C. Chandor’s crime drama, set in New York City, 1981. Chastain plays the wife of a Colombian immigrant (Isaac) who comes under scrutiny by the government. “I loved it so much I asked [Giorgio Armani] to remake it for me for the premiere,” she said.
The clothes for Anna, which were designed by Armani in collaboration with costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone, were essential to Chastain’s character.
“My character is newly rich and I believe she’d probably wear all Armani because he was on the cover of Time Magazine at the time and he was such a rock star — he still is. That was important to me, that this is a character, a woman, who knows what tools [to use] and when to use them. Her clothing is definitely part of that,” she said.
Armani continued the company’s relationship with the film — which recently won three National Board of Review Awards — by hosting the premiere at its Armani Ristorante on Fifth Avenue, and outfitting the cast, including producer Zachary Quinto, star of Chandor’s debut film, “Margin Call.”
At the after party, several of the outfits worn by Chastain’s character were on display for guests to view.
“Do you like it?” the actress asked her boyfriend Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo as the two stood in front of the mannequins. For a brief moment they were alone, whereupon Chastain reached for a phone to snap shots of the gowns. Seconds later, she was surrounded by flashbulbs once again.