I had the pleasure of attending a press day for ‘ A life in pattern ‘ by Orla Kiely exhibit at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London and I have to admit it was one of my favourites.
Orla Kiely ( pronounced Kylie ) completed her textile degree in her home country Ireland and later moved to London to complete her masters at the Royal College of Art, for her final show she displayed a range of hats which were purchased by harrods. She also designed for M&S and Habitat. Orla started designing handbags after her father pointed out to her that everyone had a handbag and not everyone wore a hat! Together with her husband they formed the Orla Kiely partnership.
Today she holds a studio in Pimlico, her designs range from apparel, shoes, homewares, accessories, and of course bags. She is among the most influential designers and is inspired by the 60’s and 70’s.
She stated: ‘I sometimes think that my brain works in repeat, I love the order and repetition, and how anything and everything can be patterned in this way, as if you are looking at the world through a prism or kaleidoscope. It is something that is very beautiful and inspiring to me’ Quote from A life in Pattern.
The exhibition runs until 23rd September 2018, it is worth a view, showcasing an intimate story of her life, you will fall in love.