Oscar hopes are high for Song of the Sea by Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon as the 87th Academy Awards approach this weekend. The awards ceremony honoring the best films of 2014 will take place on February 22, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Often referred to as Oscars, the Academy Awards will be presented in 24 categories and Song of the Sea, directed by Tomm Moore and produced by Paul Young and Nora Twomey, has been nominated under the Best Animated Feature Film category.
As the Cartoon Saloon team walks the red carpet, couture gowns by Irish fashion designers will be in the spotlight amongst the renowned international fashion labels being donned by leading lights in the world of film.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and a director of Irish Design 2015 said it is particularly fitting to see Irish design featured in both the award nominations and on the red carpet at the Oscars this year. Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally.
“Events and activities both at home and abroad throughout 2015 aim to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of Irish design to audiences around the world. We wish Cartoon Saloon the very best of luck at this year’s Academy Awards and we are delighted that Irish designed and made evening wear and jewellery will be seen on the red carpet at this prestigious annual event which attracts so much attention globally,” said Ms. Hennessy.
Liselott Olofsson, wife of Song of the Sea director Tomm Moore, will be wearing a dress by celebrated Dublin-based fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell. Jennifer’s striking silk dresses were first admired by Liselott on a visit to the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny for “Second Skin”, an exhibition which commissioned four of Ireland’s leading fashion labels – Jennifer Rothwell, Joanne Hynes, NATALIEBCOLEMAN and Lennon Courtney - to design, source and produce a garment or range of clothing on the island of Ireland and to document the opportunities and challenges which the process presented.
For Second Skin, Jennifer, who for many years has designed and produced her collections in Ireland, created a vibrant and stunning range inspired by Harry Clarke’s iconic stained glass windows and artwork, with the silk digitally printed on the island of Ireland.
Jennifer says she is thrilled to have one of the dresses inspired by her participation in Second Skin selected by Liselott for the 2015 Oscars. “I am passionate about designing and producing my collections here in Ireland. My design concept was inspired by the vivid colours and artworks of Irish artist Harry Clarke’s stained glass windows married with Irish fairy folklore mythology. Both provided a wealth of inspiration to create amazing contemporary digital prints. It will be a dream come true to see one of my dresses worn at this year’s Oscars,” she said.
Irish fashion and jewellery will feature extensively at the Oscars. Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon will be wearing a dress designed by Maynooth-based designer Laura Jayne Halton while jeweller Yvonne Ross, fiancée of Paul Young from Cartoon Saloon, will be walking the red carpet wearing her own jewellery with a dress by her friend, Dublin-based fashion designer Elaine McGovern. Yvonne is a 2011 graduate of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery & Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course which is based in Kilkenny.
2015 is an exciting year for Irish design in almost every form. Through a programme of events and activities engaging the public, the design community and businesses both in Ireland and internationally, ID2015 aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness, presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals around the world.
Showcasing Irish fashion is a key feature on the ID2015 programme. Upcoming highlights include presenting the work of 8 emerging Irish fashion designers with “In The Fold” at the International Fashion Showcase during London Fashion Week, February 20 – 24 and the “Second Skin” exhibition will be at City Hall London, March 16 – 25.
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About Irish Design 2015:
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. The programme for the year includes presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals including London, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong /Shenzhen. ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Technology Partners - IBM and Broadcast Partners - RTÉ. www.irishdesign2015.ie