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Fashion and Costume Illustration with Peter O'Brien
Fashion and Costume Illustration with Peter O'Brien

Sat, 22 Jun


The Oak Centre Dunboyne

Fashion and Costume Illustration with Peter O'Brien

Artist and renowned designer Peter O'Brien will take us into the dynamic world of fashion and costume illustration.

Time & Location

22 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 23 Jun 2024, 16:00

The Oak Centre Dunboyne, Maynooth Rd, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, A86 FD26, Ireland

About the Workshop

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The Workshop

Peter says that he finds the essence of good fashion or costume drawing is an understanding of the body and what the body does underneath the clothes… the tensions and strains the body beneath the fabric produces.

This workshop will involve a series of very fast poses, using newsprint or brown paper with charcoal or crayons… soft and fluid materials.

We will then work on longer poses and Peter will encourage us to work as freely as possible…. using collage, water colour, markers. It should be fun!

Peter will bring some big ball skirts and twinkly things and Eimer will provide some period costumes.

We will have a model to dress and strike different poses. It promises to be a very dynamic and exhilarating weekend!

The Tutor

Peter O’Brien was born in London to Irish parents, returning to Ireland as a child. Receiving a traditional education, he left secondary school early, going to work in visual display in Dublin department stores.

At 19, Peter moved to London and worked in display in Marshall & Snellgrove (later Debenhams). On the advice of British fashion editor Eve Pollard, to whom he had shown some sketches, he applied to Saint Martins School Of Art and was accepted on a foundation course. After completing a three-year degree course in Fashion Design, he graduated with 1st class honors. Peter then completed a post-graduate course at Parsons School of Design in New York.

Upon graduating, Peter moved to Paris where he worked at Christian Dior under Marc Bohan, at Givenchy, and as a senior designer at Chloé . In 1989 he was appointed creative director at Rochas, where he remained for 12 years, designing women’s wear and accessories, and overseeing menswear, perfumes and licenses.

Peter returned to Ireland in 2004 where he initially worked as a freelance designer, creating collections first for retailer AWear and later an exclusive capsule collection for Arnotts department store.

In 2005, Peter started designing for theater, utilizing his skills honed in the ateliers of Paris and calling on the services of a unique range of craftspeople and suppliers from his years working abroad. To date he has designed the costumes for numerous plays at Dublin’s Gate Theatre, including ‘Lady Wyndemere’s Fan’, ‘The Constant Wife’, ‘Private Lives’, ‘Present Laughter’. He has also designed costumes for ‘Pygmalion‘,  at The Abbey Théâtre, Dublin, garnering many awards along the way.

In 2012, fine art printers and book publishers Stoney Road Press launched a limited-edition, hand-printed book of O’Brien’s theatre and fashion drawings spanning 30 years and titled ‘Workbook’.

In 2013, he was costume designer on the film ‘The Price of Desire‘ (dir: Mary McGuckian), based on the life of furniture designer and architect Eileen Gray.

Peter also teaches costume design at the Institite of Art and Design Dun Laoghaire.


  • Peter O'Brien

    Fashion and Costume Illustration




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