This mini edition of Pattern by Orla Kiely provides her many devoted followers around the world with an insight into her creative process. The world of Orla Kiely is one where pattern reigns. Immediately recognisable, her unique design language and sure sense of graphic control has seen her label become a hugely successful global brand in the decade since its launch. From her early signature bags, the collection has grown to include a complete womenswear line, accessories, travel and homeware, sold in shops and outlets worldwide. Giving a personal account of what informs her work and inspires her designs, Orla looks at pattern in all its manifestations - the impact of scale and proportion, rhythm and texture and the all-important dimension of colour. With her prints applied to a wide range of products, from bags and clothing to decorative objects and soft furnishings, she is in a unique position to comment on all the ways in which pattern can enrich our lives. Illustrated with many examples of Orla's work, along with inspirational images that have shaped her style, the result is both a visual treasury and a thoughtful guide to using pattern with flair and confidence.
Orla studied at Dublin's National College of Art and obtained her master's degree from the Royal College of Art in London. She has been a visiting lecturer at the RCA and Chelsea College of Art, an external examiner for the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and a judge for the UK Graduate Fashion Week Industry and Media Awards. Her industry consultancies include designing for Habitat and sitting on the Dulux Design Council. She has designed three capsule collections for the Tate in conjunction with their summer exhibitions.Orla has won two UK Fashion Export Awards, the UK Fashion Exports Gold Award, Irish Tatler Irish Woman of the Year for design, and the prestigious title of Visiting Professor of Textiles at the RCA. Orla Kiely is a continuously growing brand that produces a ready-to-wear collection alongside homeware, furnishings, luggage and accessories as well as signature bags. Orla has two stores in Japan and one flagship store in Hong Kong. The London shop and showroom opened in September 2005 in Covent Garden and expanded to accommodate a showroom in 2006. Europe is currently their largest export market and they recently opened their first US store in SoHo, New York. Location: London, UK