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Irish designer goes for gold with Gaga creation

A young Irish designer "didn't sleep for a week" as she designed a number of "show-stopping" creations for the world's biggest star and fashion icon, Lady Gaga.

Sorcha O Raghallaigh, 26, from Offaly, who studied fashion design at Central St Martins College in London, was contacted by the iconic singer to prepare the crucial creation she would wear during her interview on The Graham Norton Show in front of 4.5 million viewers. The result was a flamboyant, medieval-style dress made from gold chiffon and delicate gold lace.

As Gaga stepped out in the creation last Friday night, the singer purred to Irish host Norton, "I wore this for you, it's a young Irish designer named Sorcha O Raghallaigh". There were audience screeches and an open-mouthed "wow" from Norton himself.

Speaking as she prepared to catch up on some much-needed sleep after her week-long efforts to meet the star's deadline, a thrilled Sorcha explained: "The head piece and the dress took about 90 hours to make in total -- my assistant Claire Davis and I didn't sleep for a week. But it was totally worth it."

She continued: "It's a huge honour. To be honest, it always feels quite surreal when I'm making something for Gaga. You can be working away on it and her song comes on the radio and it just makes you pinch yourself."

Obsessed with religious memorabilia, Sorcha embellished the dress with an encrusted heart of gems and crystals beads, while gold metal spike rays were placed around the circumference of the heart. Multi-coloured rectangular crystals were also used to create the choker-studded neck. The designer incorporated flower and shredded chiffon details on the sleeve.

Describing how the project came about, Sorcha said: "Gaga and her stylist, Nicola Formichetti, set a brief for me and other designers that they liked. I had to send sketches and they chose from that."

"There has been a big positive reaction since," she said. "It's a huge honour to have such a wide audience of people see my work on Lady Gaga, and everyone has been so kind and quick to congratulate me."

Sunday Independent