Saturday 21 July 2018

Idina Menzel and Nile Rodgers showcase Irish designers on Oscars red carpet

Recording artist Nile Rodgers attends Neuro at the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
Sir Elton John and musician Nile Rodgers arrive at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood
Miss Universe Ireland Lisa Madden poses backstage at The Late Late Show with designer Claire Garvey
He gives the 'I'm about to grab your face in front of a billion people' look to Idina Menzel
He goes for it
Singer Idina Menzel arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
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Irish designers are pinching themselves after their work was worn at the Oscars.

Dublin fashion designer Claire Garvey dressed Nile Rodgers for the Elton John viewing party, while Frozen's Idina Menzel opted for Don O'Neill's Theia couture line to the Vanity Fair party.

It comes two years after Oprah wore a shimmering gold Theia number and propelled the Kerry designer into the stratosphere.

GALLERY:

Singer Idina Menzel arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Singer Idina Menzel arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

“We customized the gown at the request of Idina and her high profile styling team, Karla Welch and Kemal Harris, by giving her a centre front slit instead of a side slit. This gown was made to measure and we had the amazing opportunity to fit with Idina in her dressing room at the theatre!” 

“She is so super sweet and kind and boy can she sing!” Don told Xposé.ie.

Recording artist Nile Rodgers attends Neuro at the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party
Recording artist Nile Rodgers attends Neuro at the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

But it was Garvey, who created Miss Ireland Lisa Madden's intricate Celtic warrior costume for Miss Universe, who said she was shocked to see the music legend walk the red carpet in her work. And then take to the stage later to perform with Elton wearing a different design.

She said she couldn't bring herself to watch the ceremony because she thought it would "jinx" her.

Miss Universe Ireland Lisa Madden poses backstage at The Late Late Show with designer Claire Garvey
Miss Universe Ireland Lisa Madden poses backstage at The Late Late Show with designer Claire Garvey

"I didn't actually watch the ceremony myself because I didn't want to jinx things - maybe if I was sitting watching it he could've been wearing something else," she told the Herald.

"I just thought I'd leave it to chance and see what would happen."

Sir Elton John and musician Nile Rodgers arrive at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood
Sir Elton John and musician Nile Rodgers arrive at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood

GALLERY:

The designer, who is famous for her dramatic pieces, has worked with the musician and his band Chic numerous times since 2013.

"Some friends of mine sent Nile and Chic some pictures of my work and then two girls from Chic arrived in my shop in Cow's Lane in Temple Bar," she said. "We did stuff for them for a gig and when Nile saw the designs he asked me a few days later if I could do something for him for the X Factor.

"Next thing I knew I was over at the X Factor with them - I had two days to design a jacket for him, it was fairly manic."

"Since then I've done other stuff for him, and he commissioned two more jackets recently," she added.

"I was hoping he might wear one of them to the Oscars but I wasn't expecting two of them."

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"It's funny, I didn't know that much about them until my friends bought me a ticket to their show in Vicar Street about two years ago."

While dressing the legendary musician was her first attempt at designing men's clothes, Claire said it won't be her last.

"I'd never done menswear before so he took a big chance on me really. Also, he has Louis Vuitton and Karl Lagerfeld giving him stuff so to pick a small Irish designer is pretty impressive," she said.

"He let me do whatever I wanted, there was no diva requests or anything. He paid me and everything.

"I'll have to do more menswear now - he performed with Elton John so you never know."

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