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Úna Burke: ‘I was forced to emigrate, essentially, because Ireland doesn’t take the business of fashion seriously enough’ Pic: Fergal Phillips

A fashion designer, an artist and an émigré: Úna Burke says that good things come to those who wait

Úna Burke may forever be associated with one word: Gaga.

“I know,” says Burke, on the phone from London. “A celebrity finds you, and suddenly you’re a success story. But there’s a lot more required to maintain a business.”

Lady Gaga found Úna Burke in 2010, commissioning the barely graduated designer to create pieces for her live shows. This happy accident translated to overnight and international recognition for Úna Burke’s name and for...

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