Star is Gaga for Irish designer's novel collection
Published 07/02/2011 | 05:00
AN up-and-coming Irish designer is tipped for the big time after being plucked from a student fashion show to dress Lady Gaga, the world's most controversial style icon.
Joanne Power (27), from Glanmire, Co Cork, has loaned Lady Gaga three outfits for the Grammy's, including two crepe silk evening dresses from her MA graduate collection shown to critical acclaim last Tuesday at London's Victora & Albert Museum.
But the NCAD graduate now faces an anxious week, waiting to see if Lady Gaga wears any of her six pieces at the 53rd annual Grammy music awards in LA's Staples Centre next Sunday.
Lady Gaga's meat dress caused a sensation when she wore it to the MTV Music Video awards last September. The chart-topping singer is scheduled to perform at the Grammy's next weekend and has been nominated in six different categories which means lots of costume changes -- and potential global exposure for Joanne.
"I spent the most stressful hour of my life last Friday, running around getting the six pieces ready to ship them to the States," said Joanne, an MA scholarship student at the London College of Fashion.
"Lady Gaga's stylist saw my MA collection and I sent out two long dresses, a top, skirt, coat and headpiece.
"Hopefully Lady Gaga might wear one of my pieces because as well as doing the Grammy's, she is doing a shoot for 'Elle' magazine and an interview with Jay Leno and I know she likes to support young designers."
After studying at Cork College of Commerce, Limerick and Dublin's NCAD, Joanne left for London armed with two prestigious Irish fashion accolades -- the Persil Fashion Award and the Nokia Young Designer Award.
"The aim of this collection was to compare parallels between space, time, perspective, and morality within my work," said Joanne.
Inspired by the work of sculptor Anish Kapoor and 19th- Century paintings, Joanne collaborated with a Dutch designer on her headpieces and commissioned a glove maker to do two-tone, one-off pieces for the show.
Joanne's coats and dresses usually cost from about €600 upwards. Her drawings for the novel headpieces executed in foam rubber explored "the primal simplicity of shape, to contain, control and encase and explore the notion of infinity".
Joanne admits she has been circumspect about loaning out her collection to stylists. "Dressing celebrities is not the only route I'd like to pursue to get my name out there because it is not sustainable, but when it's Lady Gaga, you don't say no."