Billie Eilish and Alexa Chung champion Irish designers at Met Gala


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It wasn’t just Irish celebrities gracing the steps of the Met, there were plenty of Irish designs showcased at the iconic gala.

Yes, the Met Gala returned on Monday night to remember fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld.

Barry Keoghan and Pierce Brosnan were in attendance on the night. But there were also some nods to the Emerald Isle.

Billie Eilish has made it to possibly every best-dressed list for her statement look.


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The 21-year-old singer has no problem taking fashion risks and going all out when it comes to the Met Gala. This year she enlisted Simone Rocha to make her gúna.

The dress was definitely a statement as it stood out from the more straight-forward Karl tributes.

It featured a black corset bodice that reached down to her thighs, where it was met with a sheer black skirt. The neckline also featured sheer fabric, this time with floral appliques.

She added a matching pair of gloves and stockings that featured bejewelled embroidery.


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Not only does she look absolutely stunning, she also has a very special creation as it is custom-made. Something Simone is not wont to do.

“She does not custom make anything, and I was just like, [bats eyes] ‘Please’,” she told Vogue.

As for Simone, she was clearly delighted with the creation, saying that she was inspired by Billie to create the look.

“I wanted to celebrate her femininity through fragility and strength. Working with fragile tulle and edging it in lace, interpreting embellishment as armour, and creating a look which reflected an emotion, a very layered piece revealing what lies beneath.”

Fashion icon in her own right, Alexa Chung also teamed up with an Irish designer for her Met Gala look.

On the opposite spectrum of Billie, she went for an all-white look created by Róisín Pierce.

Floral white looks were one of the favourites on the night as they harkened back to the iconic Chanel Bride. The likes of Rihanna and Bad Bunny opted for a similar vibe.

We might be biased in saying that Róisín did it best. The top features beautiful hand-made flowers while the skirt is a mix of satin and embroidery details that were meticulously planned by Alexa and Róisín.

The Dublin designer creates collections to show the perseverance of women through the ages. Her all-white designs are a nod to baptismal, bridal and communion dresses made in the Magdalene laundries.

Speaking to Vogue, Alexa enthused about working with Róisín.

“I saw this year’s theme as an opportunity to bring attention to a young designer who has been influenced by Mr Lagerfeld. As much as this exhibition is a retrospective, I think he would’ve liked to look forward, and Róisín’s work felt like a nice nod to his enduring legacy.”

Róisín added: “Alexa’s mood changed when she saw the look. It’s so nice knowing that they can have that effect on people.”

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