Sunday 24 September 2017

Stylish Irish women fly the flag at Oscars red carpet

Nora Twomey, Yvonne Ross and Liselott Olofsson
Nora Twomey, Yvonne Ross and Liselott Olofsson
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

A trio of Irish women put their best feet forward as they stepped out for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Nora Twomey, Yvonne Ross and Liselott Olofsson were part of the entourage that headed for Hollywood when Irish film ‘Song of the Sea’ was given the nod for the Oscars.

‘Song of the Sea’ by Cartoon Saloon was nominated for Best Animated Film, along with 'Big Hero 6', 'The Boxtrolls', 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' and 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya'.

For what’s sure to be one of the most memorable nights of her career, animator Nora Twomey wore an elegant dress by young Irish designer Laura Jayne Halton.

The black gown, which Laura Jayne completed in just two weeks, features cap sleeves, a full skirt and brocade embroidery at the bust.

Laura Jayne (30) had previously designed the dress worn by Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly at the 2013 Oscars when she was nominated for the movie ‘Head Over Heels’.

“The first time I was asked to do an Oscar’s dress it was a roller-coaster ride but getting the opportunity to do it again is amazing,” Laura Jayne said. “I didn’t want it to be a one off, to do a second one is verification that the work is good enough.”

Laura Jayne and Nora wanted to steer clear of overly fussy details like trains, which might look show stopping on the red carpet, but they prove to be a hindrance for moving around in on the night.

“It’s a look we’ve seen a lot at the Golden Globes, but with more of a softness to it.” Laura Jayne said of Nora’s dress. “It’s very elegant and timeless, you could imagine it being worn 40 years ago or in ten years time,” she added.

In typical Irish fashion - Nora shared a picture of her in the “fancy jacks” of the Dolby Theatre.

Meanwhile, Yvonne Ross and Liselott Olofsson both went for dresses in a deep shade of blue - an appropriately oceanic-inspired hue.

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