Catherine, one of our readers, alerted me to an IrelandAM feature where a Dublin haberdashery recreated four ball gowns dresses Oscars night. Naturally, I was curious so I researched some more and found that it’s called Studio 54 and is based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
I spoke to the owner; Maeve Paterson who gave me heaps more information. Maeve has years of experience in film costume design and has even worked with Kim Katrell (the sexed crazed one from Sex and the City), traipsing Madison Avenue to find her the perfect frock.
For the Ireland AM shoot (pictured), Maeve and her team turned around 4 Oscars dresses in a day.
They can replicate any dress you want, whether you’ve seen in a magazine, on the red carpet or catwalk and add their own individual twist to it.
All of the above dresses cost €300. Let’s run through them:
Meryl Streep commissioned Project Runway designer Chris March to design her white gown with plunging neckline, Maeve felt that the white colour may be too “old” for her audience, so choose to redesign it in silver for the Ireland AM shoot. As this particular one was made to fit a model, it would suit a size 8-10 with a small bust.
Another trend on the Oscar red carpet was prints and patterns. Rachel McAdams wore an Elie Saab Spring 2010 Haute Couture strapless dress with Sergio Rossi sling back platforms in blush satin and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
The soft pastel colours looked really romantic on McAdams and so these dresses, for some reason are always popular in Ireland.
The Studio 54 version of this dress used a different colour material and I particularly like the way they pulled off the fitted bodice with panache.
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJPs Chanel Couture dress was recreated with yellow satin and even has the silver embellishment and neck detail.
Studio 54 also repurpose wedding and debs dresses making them wearable for other occasions.Tweet