Gillian O'Brien

Set Designer


Based In

  • London


Graduating from Glasgow School of Art was the start of a career that has come to encompass, set design, art direction and set decoration. The beginning of 2000 saw Gillian cutting her teeth in the competitive field of live television, and working within experienced art departments gave her the solid grounding to understand the various technicalities required to create both for the worlds of film and photography.

Subsequent successful years of balancing the creative roles and managing the practicalities of tight deadlines, budgets and interpreting clients briefs and scripts have seen her collaborate with a wide range of leading brands, publications and productions.

Inspired by literature, architecture, music and the creative possibilities of fictional characters married with the transformation of physical space , Gillian’s unique style of storytelling has produced captivating results for a range of creative industries.

In addition, her strong editorial style and attention to detail can be seen in various publications including, Italian Vogue, W magazine, i-D, and Another Magazine amongst others. Gillian has worked with luxury brands such as Oscar De La Renta, Anna Sui, Jaeger, Aquascutum, Dunhill and Bally. This combined with her involvement in the visual of ground breaking television such as HBO’s award winning Game of Thrones has led to her being internationally respected by both of the worlds of fashion and film in equal measure.

Gillian’s innate ability to bring a narrative to life, to build environments both rich in detail and rigorously architectural in scope, are matched by a love of her craft- meaning theres always a story to be told.


Tights, Camera, Action
British Vogue (Editorial)
published: December 2017
photographer: Hanna Moon
Kate's New Obsession
Harper's Bazaar U.S. (Editorial)
published: September 2017
Riding High
Vogue Arabia (Editorial)
published: March 2017
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
L'uomo Vogue February 2017 Cover
L'Uomo Vogue (Magazine Cover)
published: February 2017
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
Spiritual development and holistic healt...
Vogue Italia (Editorial)
published: November 2016
photographer: Sølve Sundsbø
L'uomo Vogue October 2016 Cover
L'Uomo Vogue (Magazine Cover)
published: October 2016
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
Escada F/W 16 Campaign
Escada (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2016
photographer: Emma Summerton
Scotch & Soda Fall 2016
Scotch & Soda (Advertising)
season: Fall/Winter 2016
photographer: Emma Summerton
Across The Great Divide
Town & Country (Editorial)
published: Fall 2016
photographer: Tom Craig
Harper's Bazaar UK June 2016 Covers
Harper's Bazaar UK (Magazine Cover)
published: June 2016

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