The Selection Process 2011 – judge Orla Kiely
24 June 2011 by TexSelect in Sponsors, Judges & Champions
Orla Kiely: turning textile design into a global brand
Orla Kiely is a designer that has undoubtedly harnessed the power of fabric design to create an instantly recognisable brand aesthetic. Her iconic Stem print draws upon a retro 1960s vibe that helps sum up her design style in a single pattern. “Textiles have been the lynch pin of my work and without it I would not have the brand identity or recognisable style,” says Orla. She will be bringing her wealth of experience and expertise to the Texprint’s 2011 judging panel to help nurture the next generation of British textile talent.
Orla's own design talent has extended beyond her clothing and interiors lines to projects ranging from multiple capsule collections for the Tate to a limited edition car for Citroen. Her triumphant return to London Fashion Week in 2009 was quickly followed by the launch of diffusion line Olive & Orange. In January 2011, her talents were recognised with an Honorary OBE by The Queen for her services to the business and fashion industries.
As a student herself, Orla began her career at the Dublin's National College of Art and Design before obtaining an MA from the RCA. She has subsequently become the visiting professor for textiles at RCA for the past three years as well as an external examiner at MA level for the NCAD in Dublin.
On several occasions Orla has given her time to act an adjudicator for the UK Graduate Fashion Week Industry and Media Awards as well as serving on the most recent GFW mentoring panel. A passion for fostering young talent continues to remain a priority for Orla as she joins the Texprint judging team.
“Texprint helps graduates on that first step,” she says. “It gives them the confidence to realise that with talent, hard work and an open mind they can establish their own style; leading onto a rewarding career.”