Friday December 6, 2019

Material girl

She has dressed Brad Pitt and Bowie, worked on some of the biggest films and TV shows, and was instrumental in Riverdance‘s success. Now past retirement age, Emmy-winning costume designer Joan Bergin could be forgiven for putting her feet up. Not a chance, she tells Elaine Prendeville

24th November, 2019
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“This is the fabric I need,” Joan Bergin says as she holds up a spangly gold swatch of material. “Except not (ITALS) it (/ITALS). . . something bronzier, more muted, less tinselly . . .”

We’re sitting in the high-ceilinged Dublin headquarters of Riverdance, and Bergin is talking the Business Post Magazine through her contribution to the newly revamped version of the show, conceived to coincide with its 25th anniversary.

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