DE­SIGNS FOR LIFE The Orla Kiely CV

The Simple Things - - LIVING | WISDOM -

1963 Born in Dublin, Ire­land

1984 Grad­u­ates in Tex­tile De­sign from the Na­tional Col­lege of Art and De­sign, Dublin, Ire­land 1984–85 Works in New York, learn­ing to hand­mix gouache paints helps her un­der­stand the sub­tleties of colour

1990–92 Master’s de­gree in Knit­ted Tex­tiles from the Royal Col­lege of Art, Lon­don

1993 Mar­ries Der­mott, fu­ture MD

1993 Com­mis­sioned by Har­rods to pro­duce a hat range based on her grad­u­ate col­lec­tion

1994 Orla Kiely the brand’s first Lon­don Fash­ion Week 1995 First son Robert is born, fol­lowed two years later by Hamish

1999 Opens de­sign stu­dio in Bat­tersea, Lon­don

2000 First Stem print launched as a bag

2004 Wins Ir­ish Tatler Woman of the Year award

2007 Launches first item of Orla Kiely home­ware – mugs

2011 Awarded OBE for ser­vices to busi­ness and the fash­ion in­dus­try

2017 Awarded Se­nior Fel­low­ship from the Royal Col­lege of Art

2018 An Orla Kiely ex­hi­bi­tion at Lon­don’s Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum (un­til 23 Septem­ber)

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