Fashion Biography

Orla Kiely, Fashion Designer


The creative world of Orla Kiely was founded in 1995 to express visually, her love of pattern, colour, texture and rhythm, which as components all play and work together. Her instinctive graphic discipline to simplify and stylise everyday motifs and forms adds another dimension. With clean orderly repeat constructions and a boldness of scale, her work achieves strength with a very modern quality, while her nostalgia for all things mid century, help make her patterns charming, uplifting and instantly recognisable.

From a small collection of accessories, commissioned by Harrods following her graduation from the Royal College of Art, the range has grown to include a complete ready to wear collection, travel, homeware and stationery.

Orla"s brand is recognised worldwide with stockists in the British, European, American and Japanese markets. Her shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden will soon be followed by the opening of her second London shop, on Kings Road in Autumn.

The Orla Kiely customer is creative, intelligent and stylish. She is not afraid to stand out and does it fashionably. The combination of carefully chosen fabric and attention to detail leads to a loyal following including celebrities like Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johannsson, Helena Christensen, Lily Allen and Keira Knightley.

The latest campaigns have been styled by Leith Clark, editor of Lula, and her latest AW10 campaign was shot by the acclaimed Venetia Scott.

Orla Kiely returned to London Fashion Week for a presentation at Somerset House in SS10. Following the success of this, she participated again in AW10 making the Orla Kiely presentation an easy favourite with critics.

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