Stylist Karla Welch recently posted a behind-the-scenes look at her fitting with the actor.
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The Cannes Film Festival is always a highlight on the red-carpet calendar because the stars bring their sartorial A-game. The days of photo calls and evenings of premieres have crowned Best-Dressed mainstays, like Kristen Stewart and Elle Fanning. Since so many films begin their awards-season campaigns there, we’re also introduced to some fresh faces every year, who make their mark with both their performances and fabulous wardrobes.
In 2016, Ruth Negga got on everyone’s radar for her work in “Loving.” Though the Irish actor had been in the industry for years, this was one of her first big leading roles, and she arrived to the film’s Cannes premiere looking the part in a stunningly detailed, black long-sleeved Marc Jacobs gown, styled by Karla Welch.
I remember really digging this look (and all subsequent looks from the “Loving” press and award-show tour) when I first saw it on the red carpet. But I fell in love with it all over again a few weeks ago, when Welch posted a throwback photo of her fitting with Negga for it, along with her memory of meeting the actor and getting that gown.
“[One] week before this picture was taken I was reading about the films debuting at Cannes… one that somehow caught my eye was called ‘Loving’ and the lead was a girl named Ruth Negga,” Welch wrote in the caption. A few days later, she continued, a Hollywood publicist got in touch — that got the wheels turning: A fitting in Albuquerque and a loan from Marc Jacobs later, we got this magical moment in the south of France.
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1 week before this picture was taken I was reading about the films debuting at Cannes… one that somehow caught my eye was called “Loving” and the lead was a girl named Ruth Negga. 2 days later I get a text from @brynarifkin asking about this very girl 🖤 Cue to a manic bit of prep and a flight with @siena to Albuquerque to our very first fitting …. @ckhav lent me this beautiful @marcjacobs lace gown and well, we were off to the races! The story of Richard and Mildred Loving is so beautiful and all of the performances are incredible….Might be worth adding to your film queue 🖤 #meetthedress #fittingsinprocess #meganegga
I highly recommend following Welch’s #meetthedress and #fittingsinprocess series — she’s been giving some behind-the-scenes insight into how some pretty epic celebrity fashion moments came together, from Sarah Paulson‘s plunging beaded Prada gown from the 2016 Emmys to Caitriona Balfe‘s old-Hollywood Valentino Haute Couture ensemble for the most recent Oscars. (If I may humbly request: Do Tracee Ellis Ross‘s many Fashion Awards looks next! Sincerely, a fan.)
Feeling inspired by Negga’s gothic-romantic red-carpet look? Shop similar black lace dresses in the gallery below.