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Peter O'Brien - Fashion Designer

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Peter O'Brien - Fashion Designer
Peter O'Brien -Couturier - a big name in Irish fashion design is here for a chat.

. The reluctant couturier - he didn't set out to seek fame.
. Innovative designs for The Gate Theatre productions of Private Lives, The Constant Wife and Lady Windermere's Fan. (*see add info for plays).
. Fashion designer here to talk about his A Wear range, his couture range and plug his diary of illustrations for the Christmas market.
. Fashion is a fickle business; in order to survive you must be able to understand your core clientele.
. A couturier, who ditched the Paris catwalks, returned to his roots and designed for real women.
. Collaborations between high street and high profile designers are now de rigueur with Peter O'Brien for A Wear, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld for H&M.
. Peter's Diary of illustrations is launched for Christmas. (It contains a collection of original drawings of designs that Peter created for Rochas, Paris.)
. It's a retrospective snapshot from 1993 to 2005 of some of Peter's signature styles.

Brief synopsis of the three plays Peter designed costumes for:

Lady Windermere's Fan:
1892 Comedy written by Oscar Wilde. It's basically about morals and manners in Victorian society; with particular regard to women and marriage. The play opens when Lady Windermere's 21st birthday ball is gate crashed by the notorious Mrs Erlynne - her thought to be long dead mother.

Private Lives:
1930 play written by Noel Coward. (Coward starred in the first ever stage production alongside Laurence Olivier - for which he wrote the play - and Gertrude Lawrence). It centres around a divorced couple who both recently marry other partners but end up in adjoining suites in the same hotel. They realise they both still love each other.

The Constant Wife:
A 1927 comedy by Somerset Maugham. (Maugham is better known for his tragic, short stories so writing this play was unusual for him). A story of marital manners where a wife pretends she doesn't know her husband of 15 years is having an affair with her best friend. The wife, Constance, takes a job as an interior designer and re-evaluates her marriage.

The Diary
Price: €40

Available at the following outlets:
Tramyard Gallery, Dalkey
Kalu, Naas
Khan, Blackrock & Mullingar
Anthologie, Clontarf
Les Jumelles, Galway
Samui, Cork