‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ is an exhibition hosted by London’s Design Museum starting November 2013. Curated by Donna Loveday, the Paul Smith exhibit celebrates his career to date, will reference to his influences and fashion designs, charting the rise of one of the world’s leading fashion brands.
Drawing on Paul’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today, “Hello, my name is Paul Smith” 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.
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, music, bikes and books. Other highlights come by way of a recreation of his design studio, a collection of his greatest collaborations (which span cars to Evian bottles) and a look at his many shop interiors from around the world.
From humble beginnings in a Paris hotel suite in 1976, the company now shows seasonally in London and Paris fashion weeks and includes fourteen different collections. As a result, and in spite of its scale, Paul Smith has retained something unique, a personal touch. The exhibition will showcase and celebrate the brand through collections selected by Paul. The different stages of design and production will be explored, offering a rich insight into his design process and highlighting how the principles of traditional craftsmanship of tailoring and techniques are retained but given a contemporary edge.
A book published by Rizzoli, will also be released to coincide with the exhibition.
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