Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern

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For the hardcore Orla Kiely fan, it would be possible to wake up under your Orla Kiely bedspread, have a quick cuppa in your Orla Kiely mug, slip on your Orla Kiely dress, grab your Orla Kiely handbag and jump in your Orla Kiely car to speed off to work. The Irish designer’s retro-inspired handiwork has reached iconic status, making her more than deserving of this solo exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Celebrate a brilliant (and ongoing career) with items created over the last 20 years.


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This is a great cute little exhibition is you’re a fan of textiles, print and design. Orla Kiely is well known for her iconic prints over the years and here is exhibition in tribute of a life in pattern. There is an impressive wall of her bags, a load of mannequins in some of some of her well known designs and giant sized versions of some of the most popular clothing items. 


As a big fan of Orla, I wasn’t fully satisfied after seeing the show. The museum has a limited space, so there’s only so much they can fit, but one room was filled out with weirdly extra large examples of the garments designed by the Irish pattern queen and drawings by other people (I’d rather see more dresses). But it’s still a highly enjoyable retrospective showcasing all sort of items and collaborations Orla has been part off, from kitchenware, gardening tools to stationary. There're limited cups and kitchen towels designed especially for the show, so it's worth popping in the gift shop.