In Conversation with Orla Kiely

Thursday 31 May | 6-8pm (Sold Out)



Orla Kiely and the Fashion and Textile Museums’ Head of Exhibitions Dennis Nothdruft will be in conversation at this intimate discussion as part of the Museums’ Thursday Lates programme.

In this rare opportunity, hear about Orla’s journey from the first collection of hats presented at London Fashion Week in 1994 to the successful worldwide brand known and loved today. Discover the inspirations behind the designs from the patterns of the 1950s and 1960s, and designers such as Mary Quant, Shirley Craven and Lucienne Day.

Orla will also be on hand after the talk to sign copies of A Life in Pattern, £25, published by Conran Octopus to coincide with the exhibition.

Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Irelands most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. Since receiving her MA from the Royal College of Art in 1992, Orla Kiely has built a brand that captures the spirit of a world that yearns for certainty in tumultuous times. Inspired by the up-beat post-war years, her nostalgia is ours: for those optimistic days of economic recovery, youthful discovery and innocent certainty.

With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works and what has inspired her.

Purchase the book with your ticket and collect on arrival at the event
£15 Standard Ticket
£40 Standard Ticket + A Life in Pattern Book

£12 Student Ticket
£37 Student Ticket + A Life in Pattern Book

Tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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Image: Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2017 New York Fashion Week. © Orla Kiely

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