‘Oprah wearing one of my dresses when she won the Oscar was a highlight of my career’ – the Irish designer hopes to create a splash of green on the red carpet
Laura Jayne Halton epitomizes tenacious Irish fashion designers who would love to see their work worn by some of the Irish contenders on the Oscars red carpet on March 12.
he is the famous designer, from Maynooth, Co Kildare, has the form of Oscar. Over the past decade, she’s been nominated for an Academy Award three times.
In 2013, she dressed Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly in an hourglass, Old Hollywood-style dress when lady Kerry was nominated for her work as an animator producer. short. Wear high heels.
She also sewed two costumes for Nora Twomey from Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon as she received two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature. song of the sea in 2015 and Breadwinner in 2018.
However, Laura Jayne left nothing to chance about the 95th Academy Awards, which will take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.
“I’ve been sending a bunch of emails and phone calls all week. I know that Kerry Condon, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Inisherin’s Bansheesthere’s a British stylist,” she said.
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“She has worn many international designers and recently also wore Brandon Maxwell. I don’t know if I’ll get a response, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Oscar fashion is big business. The televised event had a record-high global television audience of 40 million viewers in 2014, and the annual “Best and Ugliest” columns are a major media topic.
The big question, however, is whether any of the Irish candidates will play green cards and wear Irish designers on the red carpet, which is often dominated by couture houses and brands. brand has a rich wallet.
Laura Jayne said she sent an email to the production company An Cailin Ciuinand when she heard the film’s producer Cleona Ní Chrualaoí be interviewed on the radio, she texted the show and asked if the show would relay the message that she wanted to make a dress for her. that’s not.
“That’s what happened to Fodhla 10 years ago. I heard her say on the radio that she didn’t have a dress yet, so I contacted her, sent her a drawing and she liked it.
“There was only one glitch. I had to get the fabric, sew the dress and fly to London with it in five days, but it all went well and Fodhla looks amazing.”
Famous for her high-fashion dresses, Helen Cody has had 4 dresses worn on the Oscar red carpet. Her clients include Ali Hewson, who attended in 2003 when her husband Bono was nominated for Best Original Song.
In 2016, Monika Abraham-son wore a Cody couture with gold leaf feathers when her husband Lenny was filming. Room won four nominations. Helen admits that when it comes to designing a dress for the Oscars, “there’s a lot of controversy.”
She said: “Color is important, as is the 3D element and how the outfit looks from many different angles. “And then there’s getting in and out of the car in there, so we always try on the outfit with the outfit where the customer sits down, walks up the stairs and tries on getting in and out of the car while wearing it.
“What I don’t like is the serious use of jewelry. I think they are quite old. I think sometimes you just see this gratuitous crystal and it can really overwhelm what could have been a pretty silhouette.”
Baby blue for boys on the red carpet has become a pretty common thing.
Nominated for Best Actor for sundown, Paul Mescal, has worn Gucci’s baby blue shirt and also Gucci’s dark yellow satin jacket in the past. More recently, he appeared in Simone Rocha’s custom menswear, including socks and pearl earrings.
Best Supporting Actor nominee Barry Keoghan wore a custom blue Louis Vuitton suit to the Golden Globe Awards.
Ballyheigue designer Don O’Neill, Co Kerry, famously dressed Oprah Winfrey in his signature stretchy yellow sequins when she received her honorary Oscar in 2012.
“One of the things that caught the attention of the stars was that they were all trying to perfect their own game,” said Don.
“Everybody makes trade-offs at the Oscars, so for people like me and anyone who dresses people up at the event, I think the stars align in a major way to their costumes. I am considered worthy on the red carpet.
“Oprah wearing one of my dresses when she received the Oscar is one of the highlights of my career.”
Another landmark Irish fashion moment at the Oscars comes in 2020 when designer Claire Garvey dressed Galway woman Eimear Noone in a lavish golden “warrior woman” jacket. custom-made with the train when she became the first woman to conduct an orchestra at the awards ceremony.
Aoibheann McNamara, co-founder of The Tweed Project in Galway, said: “It is exciting to see Irish designers represented at the Oscars.
“It’s been a great year for Irish cinema, and it would be great if some of the great contenders got to wear Irish designs.”
https://www.independent.ie/style/fashion/fashion-news/oprah-wearing-one-of-my-dresses-when-she-won-an-oscar-is-a-highlight-of-my-career-irish-designers-hoping-to-create-a-splash-of-green-on-the-red-carpet-42315237.html ‘Oprah wearing one of my dresses when she won the Oscar was a highlight of my career’ – the Irish designer hopes to create a splash of green on the red carpet