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Limerick native Derek Anthony Purcell creates stunning costumes for Girls Aloud reunion tour

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The Girls Aloud kicked off their reunion tour with a two-night performance at Dublin’s 3Arena on May 17 wearing the Limerick designer’s outfits.

Derek Anthon Purcell, a Garryowen native, is making “A Whole Lotta History” as Girls Aloud costumes take centre stage on the reunion tour

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Pictured is Derek Anthony Purcell, Bang London, and Richard Lynch, Founder of I Love Limerick. Picture: Orla McLaughlin/ilovelimerick.

Limerick native Derek Anthony Purcell and his team have designed outfits for the Girls Aloud comeback tour, an achievement which sees the Garryowen native’s career go from strength to strength.

Creative Director of ‘Bang London’, Derek is known for his work on costumes for some of the biggest names in music, including global superstars such as Beyonce and Kylie Minogue.

Girls Aloud kicked off their reunion tour with a two-night performance at Dublin’s 3Arena on May 17, before moving on to Belfast for the UK leg of the tour.


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Derek Anthon Purcell, a Garryowen native, is making "A Whole Lotta History" as Girls Aloud costumes take centre stage on the reunion tour
Creative Director of ‘Bang London’, Derek is known for his work on costumes for some of the biggest names in music

Purcell’s designs have been a highlight of the tour, and will also stand out locally as Limerick fans can be proud of the designer’s connection to the city as Girls Aloud members don the dazzling bespoke costumes created by the Limerick native.

Taking to Instagram unable to contain their pride in their work, Bang London wrote, “The Girls are Girling. It’s been an amazing couple of months working with these icons.”

The design company added, “More BTS and pics to come but we simply couldn’t wait anymore cos it’s clearly ‘Something Kinda Ooooh'”

From Limerick’s Garryowen to collaborating with Ivy Park for Beyonce’s Renaissance World Tour, Kylie Minogue, and now adding Girls Aloud to the prestigious list of clients, Derek’s career has been nothing short of inspiring to fashion designers in Limerick.

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