In praise of patterns

Date: 27th April 2018 | Category: News


The Fashion & Textile Museum opens the doors to an exciting new exhibition next month, showcasing the work of iconic designer Orla Kiely. The queen of retro pattern, Orla Kiely has become a global phenomenon since she launched her brand in 1995, and her prints have appeared across fabrics, clothing, homeware and, of course, handbags. ‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern’ will draw on an archive of over 20 years of work, offering visitors an insight into Orla’s creative process. Thematically arranged, the exhibition will feature over 100 objects, and will explore the use of colour, detail and the geometry of pattern. ‘Stem’ – designed in 2001 and continually updated since (see above, centre) is just one of the stories explored in detail. Orla explains: ‘For the fi rst time, I am proud to bring 20 years of the Orla Kiely brand together under one roof in a riot of colour and pattern. It’s an enormous privilege to be able to showcase at the Fashion and Textile Museum what we have created and built. We hope visitors enjoy diving into the world of Orla Kiely as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it all together.’ ‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern’ is at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London SE1 from 25 May to 23 September 2018. Visit for details and tickets.

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