Dressing Lady Gaga and Kate Moss has become part of the days work for young Irish Designer Sorcha O Raghallaigh. Sorcha studied at GTI before moving to London to further her studies and says of her time at GTI ‘It was a crucial foundation for my future education and career. In my time at GTI I learned how to push existing skills and explore many mediums to develop new skills, which were vital in forming a strong portfolio. I really expanded my creative ability in that time and progressed essential skills in drawing and presentation which have been invaluable throughout my further education and career’. Based in Homerton, East London, Religious iconography is a recurring fascination and inspiration for Sorcha. She uses layering, embellishment, lace and crochet in her work to amazing effect. Of her designs she says ’I am drawn to the idea of religious celebration and ritual, like the Mexican Day of the Dead, probably because of my upbringing. My parents weren’t particularly religious but my grandmother was obsessed with it and I think I have an appreciation aesthetically of it and how people can be consumed by it’
Early in 2012, Sorcha was chosen by Selfridges to participate in their ‘Bright Young Things’ Project and is the first Irish designer to have an entire window on London’s Oxford Street dedicated to her. She created a stunning window installation with a three metre high mannequin in a blood red dress and a heavily embellished mask ‘to make it look a bit creepy’. The talented young designers complete Spring / Summer 2012 collection was snapped up by Selfridges and sold within a pop-up shop in the store and online. Sorcha has also collaborated on prestigious projects with BT in Dublin in 2012. She produces a collection each season and her pieces feature regularly in top Fashion Titles including British Vogue, i-D, LOVE Magazine and In Style.
LOVE Magazine is arguably the most prestigious high-end magazine available on magazine stands, attracting world class contributors to its fashion forward pages. Edited by Katie Grand, herself a renowned stylist with a visionary approach to creative imaging and a reputation for discovering the brightest shining stars of the future, LOVE is the high-end publication for those who know their fashion. In a sublime Photo Shoot for the title, Kate Moss is photographed by international Fashion Photographer Tim Walker wearing one of Sorchas glorious designs. This must be any young designers wish crystellised and reflects the regard and admiration with which Sorchas work is held within the Industry. Also in 2012, Lady GAGA guested on The Graham Norton show appearing in an incredible creative creation by Sorcha. Lady Gaga didn’t forget to mention the designers name on the show, a mark of the esteem Gaga has for the young Irish Designer. Sorcha continues to make pieces for the singer. ’I get a call about once a month and I make a lot of stuff, not all of which is worn, but it pays the rent and it’s fun and intense’ she smiles. Not many can claim to pay the bills with the help of a cheque from Lady Gaga!! Sorcha is a rising star in Fashion and is fast gaining an international reputation as an outstanding creative talent. Her light is burning brightly. And it all started here in Galway at GTI.
By Orla Moore