Irish celebrities and designers shine on the red carpet at Met Gala


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Barry Keoghan, a native of Dublin, wowed the audience on the red carpet of the Met Gala in New York with his dazzling performance, playfully spinning his top hat for the photographers.

The Saltburn celebrity accompanied his partner, Espresso singer Sabrina Carpenter, to the occasion.

Keoghan, who was nominated for an Oscar, seemed to draw inspiration from the Victorian era with his standout outfit by Burberry. The ensemble featured an olive velvet suit and waistcoat, paired with a cream shirt adorned with ruffles and accessorized with a necktie and a black top hat.

In the meantime, American celebrity Carpenter donned an Oscar de la Renta bodice made of black velvet paired with a full blue satin skirt.

The custom piece by Simone Rocha was donned by actress Eve Hewson, who hails from Dublin like the designer. The chiffon gown, in a delicate shade of pink, featured a sheer skirt and was complemented by a pair of matching gloves.

At the red carpet event, Irish actor Andrew Scott caught the attention of many with his muscular arms on display in a Versace outfit. He was accompanied by actor Jude Law and designer Donatella Versace.

Moreover, Andrew Scott, Donatella Versace, and Jude Law were all present at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala. In the 1999 film adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley, Law portrayed the character of Dickie Greenleaf, while Damon played the role of Matt Damon. In the recently-released Netflix series, Scott takes on the role of Tom Ripley, with Johnny Flynn playing Dickie.

Northern Irish actor Jamie Dornan from Belfast graced the Met Gala for the first time, dressed in a morning suit created by Loewe and designed by fellow Northern Irish designer Jonathan Anderson.

In his outfit, he paired a light blue vest and a red necktie with a black coat and pinstriped pants.

There was a strong presence of Anderson on the red carpet, as numerous celebrities, such as Challengers actors Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, The Bear’s Ayo Edebiri, Past Lives’ Greta Lee, music icon Ariana Grande, and Waves’ Taylor Russell, were seen wearing Loewe.

The Met also showed support for Irish designer Sean McGirr, as Lana Del Rey was seen wearing one of his looks for Alexander McQueen.

She adorned her head with a headpiece crafted from genuine hawthorn branches, while covering herself with translucent tulle fabric and holding a crimson rose in her hand.

The attire was inspired by a style featured in the Alexander McQueen autumn/winter 2006 collection, where the model’s head was adorned with tulle in a similar fashion, but supported by ‘antlers’.

McGirr was dressed in a sleek black suit paired with a satin shirt and bold black shoes adorned with large leather tassels.

Irish designers in high fashion

The exhibition “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” featured the works of Wexford designer Richard Malone, including two of his 3D sculptural pieces that are currently on exhibit.

Andrew Bolton, chief curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enlisted the services of Malone, a London-based artist, to produce unique pieces for the exhibition. These pieces will be added to the museum’s archives.

According to the designer, three sculptural pieces were commissioned. These pieces were all dyed using natural methods, with wool and linen on the inside and recycled polyester on the outside. This aligns with the designer’s research focus and has left them feeling very enthusiastic.

Furthermore, it is crucial that they have the unique pieces in their collection since there will be only one of each created. The fact that they have commissioned rather than requested them as gifts makes it even more special and like a genuine invitation. This is possibly the first instance of them doing so, particularly with an Irish designer.

The Irish designers’ exceptional work showcased at the 2024 Met Gala not only captured the attention of international stars but also solidified their place within the world of haute couture, demonstrating the profound impact of cultural influences on the ever-evolving landscape of fashion.

Their prominent presence was an eloquent demonstration of how cultural influences continue to shape and transform the world of high fashion.

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