Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern Comes to Scotland

The first exhibition dedicated to celebrated designer Orla Kiely is currently open at Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern explores all aspects of her creative output, from lifestyle and fashion ranges to use of colour and detail and the geometry of pattern.

Inspired by the upbeat exuberance of the 1960s, a love of Irish and Scandinavian architecture and mid-century design, her designs have grown from humble beginnings in the 1990s to become a global phenomenon. The range of items which have featured her patterns is immense and include a Mini car and a bird box.

A whole wall of handbags and a carefully-curated selection of outfits showcase her work in fashion, alongside more playful exhibits, from a collection of small dolls to gigantic dresses.

The exhibition draws on her archives, offering an insight into her methods and concepts, with sketches, mood boards, and samples spanning 20 years of work.

She explains “Pattern is not a trend for me, to be taken up one minute and abandoned the next when the winds of fashion change. Pattern is in me. It is my life.”

The exhibition also explores her childhood in Ireland and the way this environment informed her creative work with rare family photographs and ephemera displayed alongside her earliest designs.

There is a programme of events throughout June including designing your own Orla Kiely inspired fabric, interior styling and a Thursday highlight tour at 1-1.30pm until 27 June 2019.

The exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Fashion and Textile Museum, London.

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
Mon-Sat: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Tickets £9, Concs Mon & Wed, under 12 free

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