As Ivory stepped to the podium for his memorable moment, Social Media channels lit up with the declaration “I want that!” What they wanted in this case was the shirt Ivory was wearing, not the statue he was holding! Speaking personally, I’ve held an Academy Award & honestly, I’ll take both…
Now it can be theirs… the shirt at least… the Oscar… that takes a bit of work! The shirt’s iconic image, a drawing of Best Actor nominee Timothée Chalamet by artist Andrew Mania.
The shirt, which Time Magazine called the “best part of the Oscars red carpet,” was worn by Ivory to pay tribute to the movie he wrote and Chalamet starred in, “Call Me By Your Name,” a Best Picture nominee. The story has won the hearts of millions and made Chalamet an idol to many for his complex portrayal of a teenage boy’s summer romance in Italy.
Mania, a Bristol, England-based artist, was inspired by a shirt Chalamet’s character Elio wears in one of the film’s final scenes, a design with Matisse-themed faces printed on it. And in a quirk of destiny, he showed off his “Chalamet” shirt to a friend who unbeknownst to Mania had worked on a project with Ivory and was still in touch. A photo of the custom painted shirt was sent to Ivory, who loved it, acquired it and wore it to the Oscars.
The T-shirts are made of 100% pre-shrunk combed cotton and come in a selection of colors with contrast color bindings at the neck and sleeves. Sizes include S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. The collection features the same art displayed on Ivory’s original tuxedo shirt.
The oldest person ever to win an Oscar, the 89-year-old Ivory noted in his acceptance speech, “We’ve all gone through first love, I hope, and come out the other side mostly intact.”
Yes, I have…
While I cannot say I’ll ever win an Oscar, I can say, I’m getting a “Chalamet Shirt”!
Get your T-version of Ivory’s iconic Tuxedo shirt at www.maniatshirts.com.
-R. Scott French
PR Contact: Neil Jesuele