Lainey Keogh

Shonagh Marshall

Designer Biography

DOI: 10.5040/9781474260428-FPA038

Born in 1957 in Dublin, Lainey Keogh began work as a lab technician before deciding to pursue a career in fashion design. Specializing in knitwear, Keogh opened her first boutique in Dublin in 1984.

After she built up a reputation, and a client base that included Isabella Rossellini, Marianne Faithfull, and Isabella Blow, Lainey Keogh had her first catwalk show in the Cobden Club, London, in 1997. Models such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, and Sophie Dahl paraded her knitwear and the collection, for fall/winter of 1997, received critical acclaim. Isabella Blow was a great supporter of Keogh’s knitwear and selected a look from her London Fashion Week debut to enter the Bath Museum of Costume as dress of the year for 1997.

Lainey Keogh’s approach to knitwear is as much about the fabric as it is the process; all designs are painstakingly produced by hand and this is reflected in their price. Keogh declares: “Each collection starts with the yarn. That’s my inspiration. Each yarn tells a unique story. It’s like having an artist’s palette, where suddenly anything you imagine becomes possible.” In 1998 Keogh’s handwoven textiles featured in John Galliano’s haute couture collection for Christian Dior and Isabella Blow directed her spring/summer 1998 catwalk show.

Keogh resides in Dublin and continues to produce knitwear that is stocked in boutiques—including Brown Thomas—across Ireland. In 2007 she celebrated her fiftieth birthday at Brown Thomas in Dublin with a collection of fifty bespoke pieces, entitled “50:50,” sold to raise money for charity.

Lainey Keogh, Autumn/Winter 1998 Photograph by Niall McInerney, Fashion Photography Archive

References and Further Reading

Find in Library Foxe Damien. ““Fashion: Ripping Yarns”.” The Independent , 22 February 1998 .

Find in Library Power Bairbre. ““Fifty and Fabulous: Lainey Celebrates Birthday in Style”.” Irish Independent , 24 October 2007 .