Shades of Camp: Ruth Negga, Saoirse Ronan, Sinead Burke and more

This year’s Met Gala theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion. In simple terms, the camp theme can be summed up as extravagant or ironic, but definitely fashion. The Irish presence was indeed Camp with a capital C, with a host of actors, activists and behind-the-scenes players taking part in what is the largest fashion event during the calendar year.

Ruth Negga


The 37-year old actress and cultural ambassador to Ireland worked with stylist Karla Welch and bespoke jewellery make Irene Neuwirth to create this rich, clean and grown-up look. Stylist Karla Welch chose a cleverly-printed, sequinned Louis Vuitton top that appeared to fold back on itself, revealing a colourful motif beneath. Welch paired this with studded black pants, also from Louis Vuitton, and completed the look with an accentuating gold floral headpiece and matching jewellery. In honour of the event, Neuwirth created a one-of-a-kind 8 carat headpiece adorned in gold and diamonds, as well as a fist full of coordinating rings. Negga walked the pink carpet alongside 22-year-old Greta star Chloe Moretz.

Sinead Burke

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Sinead Burke is the first ever little person to attend The Met Gala and she did so with absolute authority, poise and grace in bespoke Gucci. Sinead’s relationship with the Italian fashion house is rooted far beyond last night’s event. She first met Marco Bizzarri, the CEO of Gucci, in September last year when he presented her with The Leadership Award at Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Awards, at La Scala, in Milan. Their relationship blossomed and Sinead works with Gucci to establish best practices for fashion and design so that it is accessible to everyone. “It is surreal, inspiring and humbling to be gracing the infamous red carpet”, she writes of her experience for, “..Just before Gucci’s autumn/winter 2019 fashion show in February, we had the first fitting for the extraordinary dress that I’m lucky to be wearing tonight.”

Saoirse Ronan


Saoirse Ronan’s relationship with fashion changed in spring 2018, when, dressed by Katie Shillingford, she wore extravagant Gucci and Archive Elton John for a double-cover story in AnOther magazine. Until then, the world was familiar with a different, arguably safer, Saoirse. But here was a different woman; a daring, bold, self-assured woman who was soaring high into the stratosphere. Like Sinead Burke, Saoirse’s relationship with Gucci ignited and she has become something of a muse to Alessandro Michele. Just last year, wearing a stunning multi-coloured, heavily embellished Gucci dress, Saoirse presented an award to Marco Bizzarri, CEO at Gucci, for his leadership at the helm of one of the world's most influential brands. She looked effortlessly calm and controlled as she confronted the pink met stairs wearing a stunning Gucci armour-inspired, red sequinned gown.

Samantha Barry


Last month, Editor in chief of Glamour US Samantha Barry dropped hints at who and what she would be wearing to her first Met Gala. Speaking at a press event in Dublin, Samantha was equal parts nervous and excited and wanted her look to represent her personal style and her heritage. She acquired the help of young designer Jason Rembert (who also dressed Ezra Miller and Michael B. Jordan for the night) who created the dazzling two-piece suit with Barry’s strong penchant for power-dressing in mind.

The suit emphasised Barry’s beautiful auburn hair and signature red lip, while capturing her creative personal flair in an invigorating, authoritative way. Nothing says ‘I’m here’ quite like barbed shoulder cap and billowing legs in a gold lamé fabric. What I love most about her look is that this is something that we’ll see the busy editor in again and again. Samantha highlights exactly what goes behind creating the right look for The Met Gala in this detailed report on today.

Michaela O'Shaughnessy


Galway native Michaela O'Shaughnessy is quietly making her way around Condé Nast’s titles. You might remember last year she attended her first Met Gala as social media manager for Teen Vogue, wearing a heavenly black sequinned gown with star embroidery from Don O’Neill. Now, Michaela has moved roles to Glamour where she works under EIC Samantha Barry. This year she wore a liquid silver Rejina Pyo dress and Sam Edelman heels which she says “everyone at Vogue swears they’re the comfiest”.

Niamh O'Donoghue