Last weekend my friend Genna and I took a trip to The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It’s a while since I have visited, if you’ve not ever been it’s worth just a trip just for the great views over the City Centre (if you can be bothered trekking up the massive spiral staircase!). On till March 20th is the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibition.
The exhibition explores Paul’s plethora of inspirations from the 1970s to the present day. I don’t think I learned much about Paul Smith the person, other than that he had dreams of becoming a professional cyclist when he was young, which for some reason I found surprising! What the exhibition is though, is visually stimulating.
The walls of the exhibitions showcase prints, photographs and paintings from Paul’s own collection. I spent what felt like ages trying to take in every visual piece, the juxtaposition of all the different styles did make for great visual impact.
Watching clips from the Menswear Catwalk shows, marketing and photos of collection past it was clear that Paul Smith’s inspiration for his designs is ultimately himself. The Menswear has a distinct 70s rock and roll edge, a look that young Paul was clearly the muse for. However, his Womenswear collection was easy to wear tailoring, with nods to vintage styles. Timeless and modern at the same time.
The Lighthouse is situated just off Glasgow’s style mile, perfect for this stylish showcase, so I would definitely recommend popping in if you’re in the town. A visual treat of classic British Design.