• Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton wear very different masks on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
This new era of red carpet fashion has been captured at the 77th Venice Film Festival, which kicked off last week.
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SBS staff writers

7 Sep 2020 - 12:32 PM  UPDATED 7 Sep 2020 - 12:38 PM

As the local and international film industries adapt to COVID-19 restrictions, festivals around the world are plugging on, with actors incorporating face masks into their red carpet looks - with varying degrees of functionality.

This new era of red carpet fashion has been captured at the 77th Venice Film Festival, which kicked off last week.

Actor Tilda Swinton, in town to accept this year's Golden Lion award, raised eyebrows with their interpretation of a mask at the premiere of 30-minute short film The Human Voice, carrying a hand-held 'mask' piece by artist James T. Merry, who has previously collaborated with musicians including Björk. 

Meanwhile, Australian Cate Blanchett won praise on social media for her approach to health safety - a simple everyday blue face mask.

"Stan Cate Blanchett for wearing a PROPER mask at Venice Film Festival," one observer tweeted.

Stranger Things star Maya Hawke was another star to dazzle in COVID-safe attire, wearing a floor-length gown covered in sequins along with a silky pink face mask to match.

"Red carpet moments are now few and far between, but let's take a minute to appreciate Maya Hawke's chandelier-like gown (and the fact that she somehow made a face mask look good)," a fashion commentator tweeted.

With next year's award season approaching, this is likely only the beginning for the functional accessories.

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