World famous designer Paul Smith was in Glasgow (20th January) opening the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, open to the public 21 January until 20 March.
Debuted at the Design Museum in London in 2013 and touring in 2015 to Modemuseum Hasselt in Belgium, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith invites you into Paul Smith’s world; a world of fashion, creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty. The exhibition is supported by Sony and The Herald, Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council.
It draws on Paul’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 and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith.
6 highlights include:
A recreation of Paul Smith’s first shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham, which measured 3m x 3m
A recreation of Paul’s personal office, containing a myriad of books and objects that are a continual source of inspiration
A recreation of Paul’s Parisian hotel suite where he sold his first collection in 1976
The original Paul Smith multi-stripe Mini
A Day in The Life of a Fashion Show, shot in 4K – technology provided by Sony
Footage of runway shows of latest collections
Paul Smith, designer, 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, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.”
From humble beginnings in a Paris hotel suite in 1976, the company now shows seasonally at London and Paris fashion weeks and is sold in over 265 stores across 83 countries worldwide.
Councillor George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “Paul Smith is a legendary name in fashion and design and is a fantastic fit for The Lighthouse, so we are delighted to welcome this exhibition to the city. The unique content will illustrate the impact of Paul Smith on the world of design over the past four decades.”
Donna Loveday, head of curatorial, Design Museum finished: “The Design Museum and The Lighthouse have a longstanding relationship and the opportunity to present “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” at The Lighthouse was a perfect fit. Since we announced the exhibition was coming to Scotland last year, excitement has been building!
“The exhibition had the highest visitor figures for an exhibition in the Design Museum’s history; when it opens in Glasgow I’m certain it will receive an equally positive response.”
Welcome to the world of Paul Smith.
Tickets are £6 adults and £4 child/concession via thelighthouse.co.uk/hellopaulsmith.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Ian Elder, The Lighthouse added: “It has been fantastic to be able to work with the Design Museum and Paul Smith to bring this exhibition to The Lighthouse. Glasgow has the busiest retail sector outside London so I am sure people will be delighted to have the opportunity to experience this fantastic exhibition.”
- Photo opportunity for press/bloggers 2-3pm on 20 January at The Lighthouse. Laura Sutherland is the contact. 07764 936 840
- Images of Paul Smith and Modemuseum Hasselt exhibition via this link.
- Exhibition trailer video available via The Lighthouse’s YouTube channel. Feel free to use.
- Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is a touring exhibition by Design Museum, London and was on display at the Design Museum from 15 November, 2013 until 22 June, 2014 and attracted 111,000 visitors. It then travelled to Mode Museum Hasselt, Belgium 26 February – 7 June, 2015 and attracted 40,000 visitors; its most successful exhibition in 25 years.
- About the apprentices which helped build the exhibition:
Award winning Construction Company, City Building, who undertook the work on behalf of The Lighthouse is the largest employer of craft apprentices in Scotland currently employing 350, with the manufacture of the timber frame elements and display cabinets manufactured at its supported manufacturing factory in Springburn Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) which provides meaningful employment for people with disabilities.
Lisa Murphy 19, Andrew Weir 18, Bradley Foy 20 and Kyle Moran 20.
Lisa is a recent award winning apprentice and indeed we are putting her forward for another award with the Glasgow Trades House.
In addition, the representative from Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) is Barry Ward. Barry has Down’s Syndrome and is a former gold medal winner for the 100m sprint at the special Olympics held in Beijing in 2008.
As a company City Building employ 33% of all female craft apprentices in Scotland.
- Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. Famous for its clothing and accessories collections, Paul Smith specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge design to create beautifully made, desirable, modern pieces.
- The Design Museum is building the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design, its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. Since it opened its doors in 1989 the museum has displayed everything from an AK-47 to Lady Gaga’s Gareth Pugh-designed bin bag dress. It has staged over 100 exhibitions, welcomed over five million visitors and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams. The Design Museum is relocating from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, west London. The project is expected to be completed by 2016.
- For more information about Sony 4K visit: www.sony.co.uk