AVAILABLE TO ORDER FOR DELIVERY FROM NOVEMBER 15TH. Sonia and I have worn tweed coats all our lives and it was a natural step to include a STABLE one in our collections. In order to create a coat with not only great style but also great tailoring and function, it was straight to Irish designer Peter O’Brien to explain the brief and idea and to work with Peter to create the perfect Irish tweed coat pattern. Peter’s exceptional eye and extensive experience in couture, tailoring and design are all over this coat and as a result, it is a pleasure to wear and to admire! With such extra attention to details given to the design and pattern, the coat wears so well on all who try it on. It is a timeless classic that will never date. A lifelong item of clothing that will be passed on to friends and family we expect! We are using Irish woven Donegal tweed and the coat is made in Dublin. The style of the coat is oversize cardigan style with a dropped shoulder, pockets and 3 buttons to the front. It can be worn open or buttoned and belted looks super too. This is a generous open cardie style coat it is not a fitted style coat.
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 (now 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 honours. 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 Head Designer at Chloé. In 1989 he was appointed creative director at Rochas, where he remained for 14 years, designing women’s wear and accessories, and overseeing menswear, perfumes and licenses.
Peter returned to Ireland in 2004 where he has since been working as a freelance designer, creating collections first for retailer AWear and then an exclusive capsule collection for Arnotts department store. In 2017 Peter began a collaboration with Dunnes Stores.
In 2005, Peter started designing for theatre, utilising 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‘, and ‘Hedda Gabler’ at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
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.
In 2018 Peter’s costume drawings for Brian Friel’s translation of ‘ A Month In The Country’ were officially added to the Print & Drawing Collection at The National Library of Ireland.
2018 The Great Gatsby- Irish Times Award for Best Costume Design
2012 A Woman Of No Importance – Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design
2012 The Talk of the Town – Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design
2011 Pygmalion – Irish Times Theatre AwardsNominated for best Costume design
2004 Lady Windemere’s Fan Irish Times Theatre Awards Nominated for Best costume Design Whitebox
2018 revival of The Great Gatsby.
2017 The Great Gatsby, Gate Theatre Dublin
2017 A Month In The Country - Brian Friel translation of Turgenev.
2014 An Ideal Husband – Oscar Wilde – The Gate Theatre – Dublin
2014 The Vortex – Noel Coward – The Gate Theatre – Dublin
2013 Bedroom Farce – Alan Ayckbourn – The Gate Theatre – Dublin
2012 A Woman Of No Importance – Oscar Wilde – The Gate Theatre – Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design
2012 The Talk of the Town – Emma O’Donoghue -Projects Arts Centre – Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design
2011 Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw – The Abbey Theatre – Nominated for best Costume design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2005 The Constant Wife – Somerset Maugham – The Gate Theatre – Dublin
2004 Lady Windemere’s Fan– Oscar Wilde -The Gate Theatre – Dublin – Nominated for Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards Whitebox
2017-2020 Peter O'Brien collection for Dunnes Stores
2010-13 Peter O’Brien collection for Arnotts
2006-09 Peter O’Brien collection for Awear
2000 Peter O’Brien Haute CoutureCollection Paris – Hotel Costes
1989-04 Creative Director – Rochas – Paris
1988 Creative Director Goldin Feldman Furriers NYC
1986 Head of Design Chloé Paris
1985 Assistant to Guy Paulin at Chloé
1983-85 Design Assistant at Givenchy
1981 Design assistant at Christian Dior in Paris
Comes in sizes: Small and medium.
Small is 8-10, Medium is 12-14
Model wears size small and is 5 foot 7
Care: Dry Clean Only
Please allow 4-6 weeks lead time if you order online.