The Duchess of Cambridge eschewed the unofficial all-black dress code for this year’s BAFTA ceremony.
She did however, offer a nod to the Time’s Up movement, with a black sash around her sombre, deep green gown.
There has been much speculation about whether Catherine would adhere to the suggested dress code. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honour at the ceremony tonight, where female attendees have been asked via an unofficial letter to dress entirely in black.
The letter was circulated to all female attendees on behalf of a group of influential members of the film industry. They believed that this dress code would make a “strong, unifying and simple statement”.
Female attendees and nominees took on board the request, and the majority arrived in black gowns, skirts and suits. This collective decision echoes that of attendees at the recent Golden Globes, who also dressed in all-black to stand in solidarity with people who have been victims of sexual abuse.
However, members of the Royal Family are supposed to avoid all political statements, putting the Duchess in a difficult position. A master in diplomatic dressing, Catherine took the middle ground in a stunning dark green Jenny Packham gown, complete with a black sash, which could be seen as a subtle nod to the Time’s Up movement.
Neither the Duke or the Duchess appeared to be wearing the Time’s Up pin.
This was the first year Joanna Lumley has presented the awards, and she took her opening speech as an opportunity to pay homage to Time’s Up, calling it a “powerful protest” and comparing it to the Suffragette movement.
During her rousing speech, she proclaimed, “A century ago, the Suffragettes laid the groundwork for the sort of dogged resistance and powerful protest that is carried forward with the Time’s Up movement. And with it, the determination to eradicate the inequality and abuse of woman the world over.”
Viewers had high praise Joanna as host, with one writing, ‘I would love for joanna lumley to just narrate my life #EEBAFTAs.’
Another said, ‘Class act Joanna Lumley.. thoroughly enjoyable presentation this evening, very well done #EEBAFTAs.’