The ever inspirational genius of Paul Smith has taken over a floor at The Design Museum for a celebratory exhibition that covers his beginnings and working methods over his 40 year incredibly successful career.
The visuals here are of course fantastic but there is also an important lesson to be learnt by every design student in the land listening to his working methods and how his inspiration is found in the narrated sections too. This exhibition should be required visiting for all art students in the country but will also inspire anyone who takes a look.
You enter through a mock room which is tiny and is the exact size of his first retail outlet, only 12ft square, which makes you realise the scale of 40 years growth. Rooms featuring mock ups of his office, design studio and the first time he took clothes to sell in Paris from his hotel bedroom follow.
I was a young fashion assistant in his earlier days and I remember when he personally met the press for appts to show his new collections from the Floral St store, you would climb 3 flights of stairs to a slightly tidier office than the one shown here and he would pull out a drawer of the new tie ranges and show us mens shirts and suits before womenswear was added into the mix.
Look at this exhibition and learn but also listen and learn too because looking will only get you half the story. View his summer 2014 kids fashion collection from this earlier post.
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