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Friday 24 November 2017

Lady Gaga's designer Sorcha lands her own Selfridges' gig

LADY Gaga's Irish designer of choice Sorcha O'Raghallaigh has been picked up UK department store Selfridges.

THE 25-year-old's designs will be displayed in the Oxford Street store until the end of February.

And, crucially, the Offaly woman's designs will be on sale to the public in a sale in a pop-up shop as part of its Bright Young Things initiative.

"Sorcha has worked with Nicola Formichetti and Lady Gaga, so it's really great to have her design exclusive pieces for us," said the store's buyer Alex Iancovici.

"We really wanted to support the designers at a young age and give them a boost."

The project aims to give young designers a new platform from which to showcase their work to a wider audience.

Sorcha first learned her craft at the Limerick School of Art and Design and afterwards at the renowned Central Saint Martins in London.

Since she graduated, Sorcha has created incredible outfits for the ultimate designer's muse, Lady Gaga, who wore her creation on the X Factor.

Selfridges has now bought seven different styles from her collection which Sorcha said that it was a "real vote of confidence".

Members of the public will be able to buy a piece of the designer's work from as little as €97. Her clothes have previously fetched up to €3,000.

This collection includes statement collars and boleros, skirts and headpieces and most of the work is handmade.

"I employ a seamstress who does all the sewing, so that everything is nicely finished. But items such as brooches and headpieces, I make one-off, by myself," she said.

She said her new collection will continue to reference religious imagery, and she will also "put a bit of me in there".



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The Irish creative talent said that it is her aim to expand into more commercial work this year.

"I want to make my work into more of a business," she said. "It would be good to get it to the stage where it's split 50-50 between bespoke pieces and commercial ranges.

She said that although bespoke is fun, and she is aware that everyone, including Lady Gaga appreciate "mad one-off things" she would like to offer something more affordable too.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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