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Peter takes his silk scarves to a whole new stage

Irish designer Peter O'Brien has launched a new line of accessories featuring his costume illustrations for the Abbey Theatre.

The collection boasts three beautiful unique silk scarves which feature a selection of design sketches from his varied career.

One scarf focuses solely on ballgowns, another on ladies' and men's costumes, and the final oversized scarf in the new collection features a broad selection of Peter's drawings from his theatre work over the last decade.

Some of the sketches come from the costumes he designed for the play Pygmalion which was performed at The Abbey Theatre in 2011 and starred Love/Hate's Charlie Murphy.

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"I have been designing for the theatre for the last 12 years and I have a huge archive of drawings. People are very interested in the whole design process and are curious about looking at my sketches," he said.

The new bespoke collection features hats, scarves and gloves. Peter collaborated with Irish milliner John Shevlin to present hats in his collection for the first time.

The hats come in two styles and in a variety of colours. The homburg style is available in charcoal and navy, while the fedora wide-brim hat is available in light brown, navy and charcoal.

"I approached John Shevlin as he is an artisan. It's really great to have an opportunity to work with someone who is brilliant at their craft, just as John is," Peter said.

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Peter's current autumn/winter collection for Arnotts has already been a great hit with shoppers and some lines have already sold out.

Prices for the latest collection range between €105 and €135 and are expected to land in the store in the coming weeks.

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