She’s been “dusted in Dior” and gowned by Gucci, but for her fourth Oscars red carpet walk, Saoirse Ronan could go sustainable.
Nominated in the best actress category tomorrow night, for her role as Jo March in Little Women, Saoirse’s sartorial style will draw as much attention as whether or not she takes home a golden statuette.
While her designer and her look are under “lock and key”, according to Vogue magazine, Saoirse’s long-time stylist has given a major clue.
“The one thing Saoirse and I have really talked about is rewearing things, using vintage, and using independent labels that aren’t about contracts but a genuine respect and love for a brand,” said her Hollywood stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, who also dresses the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, and Jodie Comer.
Saltzman has been dressing Saoirse for several years and was responsible for her other red carpet, looks including her structured pink Calvin Klein dress for the 2018 Oscars, where she was nominated for best actress in Lady Bird, and her emerald Calvin Klein dress in 2016, when she was again nominated for best actress, for her role in Brooklyn.
The nod towards sustainability is something that has already played out on the Little Women press tour, with the stylist sourcing pieces from vintage fairs and Saoirse’s own wardrobe too.
“It was funny because it was literally clothes from the cupboard,” said Saltzman,
“I love having custom clothes, but I really want to use the clothes that are out there, too.”
As a precursor, for last weekend’s Baftas, Saltzman styled Saoirse in a black Gucci dress that was simple and sustainable.
“We wanted to create a gown that didn’t waste any resources or people’s time,” the stylist told Vogue.
Although Saoirse wore Alberta Ferretti for her first ever Oscars red carpet, when she was nominated for best supporting actress in Atonement in 2008, since then the Carlow star has regularly worn the same designers, moving between Calvin Klein, Celine and Gucci.
Aside from being styled sustainably tomorrow night, Saoirse might go sensual too.
For her Golden Globes look this year, her stylist dressed her in a champagne-coloured sequin dress by Celine.
“We talked about Saoirse being effortless, sensual, and cool — and not trying too hard,” she said.
“I wanted her to be really comfortable, I wanted sensuality to come out of it,” added Saltzman.
However, Saoirse will not be the only Irish talent to watch out for tomorrow night, as Galway-born conductor Eimear Noone will take her place in history as the first-ever woman to conduct the orchestra at the Academy Awards.
Hailed as the world’s leading composer of video game music, this will not be the first “first” for Noone.
At 22, she became the first woman to conduct at the National Concert Hall.
Noone’s job will be to conduct excerpts from the five nominated scores, which include work by John Williams for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Thomas Newman for 1917.
Noone herself has enlisted the help of Irish designer Claire Garvey for her Oscars look.
This is the second time Garvey has dressed someone for the Oscars.
“I dressed Nile Rodgers a few years ago for the Oscars, I did two outfits for him for that,” said Garvey.
Fans of Dancing with the Stars might already be very familiar with the designer’s intricate work, as she’s responsible for the creation of judge Julian Benson’s dazzling jackets every weekend.
Another Irish talent to watch out for this weekend is Sinéad Kidao O’Sullivan, who was the assistant costume designer on Little Women, the costumes of which are nominated for an Oscar tomorrow too.
The movie already won best costume at the Baftas, under the helm of Jacqueline Durran.
Kildare-born, London-based Sinéad is also founder of the Costume Directory — A Guide to Ethical Sourcing for costumes for the movie industry.
Style aside, the main story tomorrow night will be whether Saoirse Ronan takes home an Oscar as a four-time nominee at the age of just 25.