Orla Kiely, an internationally celebrated, London-based, Irish designer known for her unique retro graphic prints, was born in Shankill, County Dublin, and educated at the Loreto Convent. She graduated in print and textile design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin in 1982.
She then worked in New York and London as a textiles and print designer before gaining her Master's Degree at the Royal College of Art in London in 1993. Harrods acquired her collection of hats from her graduation show and four years later she and her husband, Dermott Rowan, founded the Orla Kiely Partnership.
She presents her ready-to-wear and accessories collection every season at London Fashion Week. Her label includes a complete ready-to-wear collection, travel, homeware, stationery and even a collaboration with Citroën.
The mid-century modern aesthetic that inspires her distinctive designs is instantly recognisable and, along with her striking graphic interpretations of nature, attracts fashionistas like Alexa Chung, Kirsten Dunst, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley and the Duchess of Cambridge.