Two of the most distinctive traits of the contemporary fashion scene is its racial and physical diversity which features a new form of individuality. If a fashion icon has all three that’s even better. After examining the 50 Best Dressed List in the November 2017 issue of InStyle magazine one actor stood out-Ruth Negga.
Described as The Mark Maker her stylist Karla Welch said, “Romatic, modern, gothic-we do everything and yet it all has her imprint.”“Romatic, modern, gothic-we do everything and yet it all has her imprint,” said Karla Welch her stylist.
Classically beautiful, the Irish-Ethiopian actor, keeps it classy with vintage-style allure that always looks appropriate. A favorite on the red carpet, it doesn’t matter if she’s wearing Valentino or Chanel, she makes it her own. Her strongest attributes, and what makes her such a powerful influence, is her ability to make modest, elegant clothing appealing without showing too much skin.
Born on January 7, 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Negga is the only child of an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. Discord and strife, in Ethiopia, caused she and her mother to flee to Ireland and wait for her father, who later died in Ethiopia before he could leave. While in Ireland, she decided to become an actor, and earned a B.A. in Acting Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. Out of this turbulent upbringing she emerged as a sartorial chameleon.
I think that’s why I like to experiment with different styles and play with image, she told Vogue.com (What You Need to Know About Ruth Negga, November 4, 2017).” I think that’s why I like to experiment with different styles and play with image,” she told Vogue.com.
With an innate love for vintage, high necks, nipped-in waists, strong shoulder details and “old-fashioned, period looks”, her collaboration with stylist Karla Welch has been delightful. Fortunately, she doesn’t come to the partnership clueless about fashion. During her childhood, she adored clothes and was a fan of magazines.
On her own she likes to fill her closet with plenty of dramatic garments in black, “bottle greens and oxblood reds.” Her gothic side was apparent when she wore a “Chanel black sequin and feather dress” to the premiere of the second season of her AMC show Preacher on June 21 in 2017 in Los Angeles.
As unconventional as her character, Tulip O’Hare on the show, Negga’s role as Mildred Loving in the 2016 film Loving also reveals her vulnerability. This duplicity is clear in her choice of designers, citing Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Rodarte for their “unique originality”. In one of her most memorable fashion moments, when she wore a “brocade frock coat”from the Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 runway show to the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year Awards 2017, she paired a pair of dark pants, pumps and gold Louis Vuitton clutch bag, instead of the shorts it was originally shown with, displaying it’s formal side.
Negga’s short coif, dramatic eyes and bee stung lips help to always give whatever she’s wearing polish reminiscent of the classic movie stars she loves-Bette Davis and Dorothy Dandridge. For today’s public her mix of ladylike refinement daring acting roles and innovative style pairings make her an emerging icon to watch, imitate and admire.