Peter O’Brien was born in London to Irish parents and returned to Ireland as a toddler. At 19, Peter moved to London and worked in display in Marshall & Snellgrove. On the advice of Eve Pollard, he applied to Saint Martins School Of Art. After completing a 3 year degree course in Fashion Design, he graduated with 1st class honours. Peter then completed a year postgraduate course at Parsons School Of Design in New York. Going to Paris after graduation Peter worked at Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chloe before becoming design director of The House of Rochas where he stayed for 14 years.
Peter has also worked in the theatre, designing costumes for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Lady Wyndemere’s Fan’, Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Constant Wife’ and Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’ and ‘Present Laughter’ all for The Gate Theatre Dublin. Stoney Road Press Ireland launched a limited edition book containing gicleé prints and hand-printed etchings of O’Brien’s theatre and fashion drawings spanning 30 years and titled ‘Workbook’.