Orla Kiely in Conversation

Thursday 28 January | 6pm – 7:30pm | £5 | ONLINE EVENT

Orla Kiely and the Fashion and Textile Museum’s Head of ExhibitionsDennis Nothdruft, will be in conversation at this intimate discussion. 

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

Hear how Orla explored the power of decoration to transform the way we feelthrough the 2018 exhibition, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern and its accompanying book. Delve into the designer’s world – how she workswhat has inspired her and how her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. 

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 created a style 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. 

Dennis Nothdruft is Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum and curator of Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern.

A Life in Pattern, £25, published by Conran Octopus to coincide with the 2018 exhibitionis available to buy from our online shop here.

Ticket: £5.00


This talk will take place on the streaming platform Microsoft Teams Live, details of how to access the talk will be included in your booking confirmation. You will receive a unique link via email prior to the event, if you are planning to use a smartphone or tablet you will need to download the Microsoft Teams App which can be found for free in your devices App Store. Please ensure you are using the most recent operating system on your device and you can access Microsoft Teams to ensure you have the best experience. The talk starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session at the end. If you have any questions regarding this talk, please get in touch via our contact form. Please note the tickets sales cut-off for this event is 2 hours before the start time.

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