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 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 has since been working as a freelance designer, creating collections first for retailer AWear and an exclusive capsule collection for Arnotts department store.
In 2005, Peter started designing for theatre, using 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 costumes for numerous plays at the Gate Theatre and at the Abbey Theatre.
Peter is represented in Ireland and the UK by Rachel Daniels at Berlin Associates (+44 20 7632 5284,
firstname.lastname@example.org) and in the United States by Michael Moore at the Michael Moore Agency (+1 212 221 0400, email@example.com)
- Nominated for Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014 for "An Ideal Husband" (Gate Theatre)
- Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design 2012 for "A Woman of No Importance" (Gate Theatre) and "The Talk of the Town" (Hatch/Landmark/Dublin Theatre Festival)
- Nominated for Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011 for "Pygmalion" (Abbey Theatre)
- Nominated for Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2004 for "Lady Windemere's Fan" (Gate Theatre)