Tuesday 22 May 2018

Behind Saoirse Ronan's Oscars look: 'She's already flying a flag for her country, now it's about her'

Saoirse Ronan REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Saoirse Ronan REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Actress Saoirse Ronan. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Saoirse Ronan. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Saoirse Ronan. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Saoirse Ronan attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle GRILLOTKYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
Saoirse Ronan attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Saoirse Ronan's stylist has described her Oscars look as a nod to her growing independence.

The 23-year-old actress was nominated for this Academy Award this year, losing out to Frances McDormand for Best Actress, but earning her spot at the top of best dressed lists around the world for her pink strapless Calvin Klein by appointment gown, designed by Raf Simons, with magnificent bow detail.

At the 2015 ceremony, she wore a shimmering green Calvin Klein gown, which stylist Elizabeth Saltzman said was an intention nod to her Irish roots.

"What we didn’t want to do is go dark," she told the Los Angeles Times. "The whole thing was about lightness and light, and more timeless and fun. There needed to be an element of something special, but it really had to do with it focusing on Saoirse and it being modern, but iconic and timeless."

"It’s a colour we hadn’t done. This time, this is about the woman herself. She’s already flying a flag for her country, so we decided to stay away from dark."

In another interview with Vogue, Saltzman explained that the dress was designed with both practicality and femininity in mind, with the American style bible hailing it as an iconic number in keeping with Julia Roberts' black and white Valentino dress from 2001.

"It is a pink, which is what I was trying not to do, but it was just right. It needed to be about Saoirse, as a person. I t’s what girls are made of, and what women can wear. It’s just so beautiful," she explained.

The bow detail was essential, but the train was removed later in the evening when Saoirse hit the Vanity Fair Oscars after party,

Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle GRILLOTKYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / Kyle GRILLOTKYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images

"I just want that bow. his should be a really beautiful moment. It’s modern. The train comes off, so she can party her ass off."

Saoirse Ronan attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
Saoirse Ronan attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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