Hello, My name is Paul Smith. Fantastic exhibition at The Design Museum 15th November - 9th March - Smudgetikka
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Hello, My name is Paul Smith. Fantastic exhibition at The Design Museum 15th November – 9th March

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.

Inside Paul's head, a great narrated section in a mirrored room at The Design Museum exhibition.

Inside Paul’s head, a great narrated section in a mirrored room at The Design Museum exhibition.

 

Inside Paul's office - actually I think this is a slightly tidier version of the real thing! The Design Museum exhibition, Hello, My name is Paul Smith

Inside Paul’s office – actually I think this is a slightly tidier version of the real thing! The Design Museum exhibition, Hello, My name is Paul Smith

 

One of today's youngest visitors enjoy's the mirrored room!

One of todays youngest visitors enjoys the mirrored room!

 

A touching tribute to Pauls Smith's wife Pauline.

A touching tribute to Pauls Smith’s wife Pauline.

 

A mock up of the Paul Smith design studio complete with antique textile books and reels of thread for colour combination play.

A mock up of the Paul Smith design studio complete with antique textile books and reels of thread for colour combination play.

 

The famous Mini painted in the signature Paul Smith stripes is in a section devoted to collaborations at The Design Museum

The famous Mini painted in the signature Paul Smith stripes is in a section devoted to collaborations at The Design Museum

 

The collaborations are bang up to date with the new David Bowie album special edition included at Hello, My name is Paul Smith.

The collaborations are bang up to date with the new David Bowie album special edition included at Hello, My name is Paul Smith.

 

Sir Paul Smith slightly blurred against a great button wall for the press preview of his new Exhibition at The Design Museum.

Sir Paul Smith slightly blurred against a great button wall for the press preview of his new Exhibition at The Design Museum.

 

Detail of the button wall, it must have taken days to put together!

Detail of the button wall, it must have taken days to put together!

 

Menswear using embroidered Afghan blankets from Paul Smith collections spring / summer 2005

Menswear using embroidered Afghan blankets from Paul Smith collections spring / summer 2005

 

There is a corridor completely covered in various inspirational photographs at Hello, My name is Paul Smith.

There is a corridor completely covered in various inspirational photographs at Hello, My name is Paul Smith.

 

Love it when the staff get creative too!

Love it when the staff get creative too!

 

Take your photo with Paul Smith at The Design Museum.

Take your photo with Paul Smith at The Design Museum.

 

Inspirational message as you exit the Paul Smith exhibition on a giant size post it note!

Inspirational message as you exit the Paul Smith exhibition on a giant size post it note!

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