Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

Exploring all aspects of Orla’s creative output, from lifestyle and fashion ranges to the use of colour, detail and the geometry of pattern.

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Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel.

Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives. Highlights include the original paper sketches for the trademark ‘Stem’ graphic, created in the 1990s, which has evolved to feature on everything from mugs and dresses to notebooks and even cars, plus prototypes for her early signature bags and the evolution of the iconic “Pear’ and ‘Flower’ designs.

With unique access to the company archives, the exhibition offers a privileged insight into the designer’s world – how she works, what has inspired her, and why her facility with pattern has produced designs that have resonated around the world. This exhibition is a must-see opportunity for everyone interested in the changing look of the 21st century environment.

On tour

This exhibition is available for hire. You can learn more about the museum’s touring exhibitions programme and contact us for further information.

Previous venues

Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
12 October 2019 – 5 January 2020

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, UK
7 February – 29 June 2019

Norwich University East Gallery, Norwich, UK
30 October 2018 – 5 January 2019

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The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please do not visit.

In place of a permanent display, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosts a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions, displaying a broad range of innovative fashion and textiles from designers and makers around the world.

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