Designer Sorcha still Gaga about hometown

NAPD arts officer Dermot Carney with Sorcha O’Raghallaigh at St Brendan’s Community School in Birr

THE Irish designer who has dressed Lady Gaga and supermodel Kate Moss has credited her home town in Offaly for her success

London-based Sorcha O'Raghallaigh told the Irish Independent that growing up in the town provided much of the inspiration behind her clothes and has helped to add a "mystical feel" to her collections.

"I think growing up in a Georgian house in Birr meant that there was heritage to draw from. My childhood definitely does reflect in my work because it was very idyllic and there's something special about Ireland and its countryside," she said.

The 27-year-old returned to her old secondary school in Birr yesterday to give a workshop in fashion as part of 'Creative Engagement', an arts in education programme run by the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD).

The campaign aims to help students complement textbook learning with projects in arts-based education and is jointly funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

O'Raghallaigh designed a crystal-embroidered gown and veiled headpiece for Lady Gaga's appearance on 'The Graham Norton Show' on BBC last year.

Kate Moss recently stepped out in one of her creations and O'Raghallaigh said it was a highlight of her career.

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