Fashion design

Smith show to open at the Lighthouse

Paul SmithAn exhibition providing an insight into the world of one of Britain’s great fashion designers arrives in Glasgow in January.

Hello, My Name is Paul Smith will open at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.

It debuted at the Design Museum in London in 2013/14 and draws on Smith’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today.

The exhibition will explore how the designer’s unique creative intuition, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success.

Smith said: “I’ve always had an affection for Glasgow based on the city’s strong art heritage and its wonderful link with creativity. Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the School of Art and just the whole atmosphere of the place is fantastic and so I’m delighted to be taking the exhibition to The Lighthouse,”

The exhibition begins with a recreation of his first shop – a compact three-metre-by-three-metre space that he opened in Nottingham in 1970.

The display will also feature a makeshift version of the designer’s office, known for being a myriad of curiosities, full of objects collected from his many travels, as well as artwork, bikes and books.

Smith clothesOther highlights include a recreation of his design studio, a collection of his greatest collaborations (which span cars to Evian bottles) and a look at his many unique shop designs from around the world.

The Lighthouse’s Ian Elder, who has worked with the Design Museum and Paul Smith to co-ordinate the exhibition said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring such a renowned exhibition to Glasgow. It will attract visitors from across Scotland and we are preparing to welcome over 10,000 people to the exhibition.”

The exhibition runs until 20 March, 2016.

Donna Loveday, head of curatorial, Design Museum, said: “The Design Museum has a longstanding relationship with The Lighthouse. I am delighted that we have the opportunity to present Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at The Lighthouse.

“The exhibition had the highest visitor figures for an exhibition in the Design Museum’s history and I am sure that it will receive an equally positive response when it opens in Glasgow.”


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