The bold, kalei­do­scopic ge­nius of Orla Kiely

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In­stantly recog­nis­able by their bright, vin­tage-in­spired aes­thetic, Orla Kiely’s dis­tinc­tive pat­terns have adorned every­thing from houses to hand­bags since she first set up her com­pany in the 1990s. Now, the Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum is hold­ing a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of the Ir­ish de­signer (left), bring­ing to­gether more than 150 of her prints and prod­ucts. It also charts the ex­tra­or­di­nary breadth of her in­flu­ence, show­cas­ing past col­lab­o­ra­tions with pho­tog­ra­phers, film di­rec­tors and ar­chi­tects. There are even some early sketches and draw­ings taken from Kiely’s stu­dio ar­chive, to show how her most memorable de­signs took shape. cg ‘Orla Kiely: A Life in Pat­tern’ is at the Fash­ion and Tex­tile Mu­seum (www.ftm­lon­don.org) from 25 May to 23 Septem­ber.

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