The story of Olga Kurylenko, star of Quantum Solace and the forthcoming story of Marie Curie, is the stuff of dreams. As a child, Olga lived in poverty in the Ukraine after her parents divorced soon after her birth. By chance, she was stopped by a model scout on vacation in Moscow, and signed to the Paris-based model agency, Madison, at the age of fourteen. After appearing on the covers of Vogue and Elle and Marie Claire, she was picked to star in a memorable video for Seal’s Love’s Divine in 2005 and garnered campaigns for: Helena Rubinstein, Kenzo and Clarins. With an elfin beauty, redolent of Audrey Hepburn, it wasn’t long before Hollywood opened up to the girl who studied ballet, art and languages, encouraged by her art teacher mother.
Kurylenko is known for her philanthropy, supporting agencies that deal with child poverty in the Ukraine. It is great to see an actress of Kurylenko’s stature make such intelligent thoughtful choices with her Oscar gown and accessories. Her exquisite hand-dyed dress is made from peace silk and was made by student Alice Elia at Esmod in Paris. While her high octane goddess shoes were designed by Brighton based artisan shoe marque, Beyond Skin. We can all dream of Oscar glory in the the Zoe faux suede stiletto sandal, £139.00, is handmade in Spain and is certified vegan and available now.