Geraldine Larkin is an Irish embroidery designer whose eponymous design studio is responsible for the reinvention of the ancient craft of embroidery through a design-led application. The studio is at the forefront of the merger between fashion and architecture, and is regularly commissioned by leaders in either field to embellish their final touches.
Geraldine began her design career at University College Dublin, where she studied architecture. Her love for textiles saw her follow this up with a BA in Fashion at Central St. Martins in London.
A creatively fertile hotspot, Geraldine collaborated with her peers to produce some of the most iconic and recognisable fashion pieces that have challenged the history of dress. Collaborations in fashion includes, to name a few: Alexander McQueen, Yves St. Laurent now YSL, Fendi, Tom Ford, Prada, Gucci with Tom Ford, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Marni, Donna Karan, Jil Sander and Louis Vuitton.
Geraldine and Narciso Rodriguez collaborated on the iconic dress worn famously by Michelle Obama when she took to the stage on election night in 2008. After 20 years of designing and producing hand embroidery for international fashion houses, Geraldine added an interiors arm to her business, bridging the worlds of fashion and architecture in 2010.
Geraldine’s designs were included in the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum and her wonderful, embroidered tapestries can be seen in the private members club 5 Hertford Street, in hotels like Claridge’s and the newest Royal Mansour Morocco, and in apartments at One Hyde Park and Bryanston, Hyde Park, London.
Her archive is home to more than 12,000 textiles, which reflect the breadth of skill and craftsmanship that the Geraldine Larkin studio and atelier are capable of commanding. The archive doubles up as a reference library for style and trends, both in fashion and interiors.
It is in this environment that Geraldine Larkin consults for interior designers and architects to use the artistry of embroidery to become an integral part of interior architecture, be it to adorn walls and ceilings, panelling and doors, chairs and cushions, artworks and now the very beautiful and still playful ROOME LONDON with Geraldine Larkin couture furniture collection.