Cate Blanchett wows on the red carpet at The Hobbit premiere

Cate Blanchett no doubt made plenty of people do a double take as she appeared in a breathtaking stunning backless dress this week in London at the premiere for The Hobbit. In the floor length white Givenchy gown the lithe Cate almost looked like a goddess. From the front, Cate looked fairly modest with long sleeves and a high neckline covering most of her body. However when she turned the entire back cut away in a modern scoop back cut.

Further breaking the continuity of the dress in the back were two black straps that were placed over the shoulders distracting from the solid white. She completed the look with a white clutch that was held in her small hand.

Given the formal and dramatic flair of the dress Cate choose to keep her accessories and personal appearance simple with a casual up-do and neutral eye and lip tones. There was a slight red blush on the cheeks but it was the only color showing up with sheer lip stain and tan eyeliner on. The only jewelry that she wore with the dress was a small Van Cleef & Arpels ring.