Gillian O'Brien

Set Designer



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.


Where The Wild Thyme Blows
Harper's Bazaar UK (Editorial)
published: May 2016
photographer: Regan Cameron
Harper's Bazaar UK May 2016 Covers
Harper's Bazaar UK (Magazine Cover)
published: May 2016
rewind, press PLAY
British Vogue (Editorial)
published: April 2016
photographer: Liz Collins
A Spirit Of Adventure
Harper's Bazaar UK (Editorial)
published: February 2016
photographer: Norman Jean Roy
Marie Claire January 2016 Covers
Marie Claire Magazine U.S. (Magazine Cover)
published: January 2016
photographer: Simon Emmett
Off to Join the Circus
Vogue Japan (Editorial)
published: November 2015
photographer: Tom Craig
Bohemian Lights
Harper's Bazaar UK (Editorial)
published: October 2015
photographer: Regan Cameron
Vogue Turkey September 2015 Cover
Vogue Turkey (Magazine Cover)
published: September 2015
photographer: Liz Collins
Jamie Dornan
Details Magazine (Editorial)
published: February 2015
photographer: Mark Seliger
Details Magazine February 2015 Cover
Details Magazine (Magazine Cover)
published: January 2015
photographer: Mark Seliger