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A retrospective of the fashion designer Paul Smith, who has become known for his idiosyncratic take on traditional British styling.

Watch our video-tour of the exhibition, including an interview with Paul Smith.

The Nottingham-born entrepreneur who began his career at 15 in a clothing warehouse, Paul Smith is famous for his witty style, something he describes as “classic with a twist”. From rainbow pinstripe shirts to suits lined with vintage fabrics, Smith is renowned for taking a tired formula and re-energising it.

His first shop in London was in Covent Garden's Floral Street, from where he sold his designs together with quirky objects and items from flea markets – a habit he has continued throughout his career. Perhaps the most famous example of which was in the 1980s, when the Filofax's popularity sky-rocketed after Smith began selling it in his stores.

This exhibition celebrates Smith’s distinctly British style through the designers he collaborated with and the objects that inspired them.

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Daily, 10am – 6pm (last exhibition entry 5pm) The museum is open late on the first Friday of every month from 10am – 8pm (last admission 7pm).

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The museum follows government COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

All visitors and members must pre-book tickets online to ensure everyone's safety and social distancing inside the galleries.

No tickets will be sold at the museum, but admission slots can be booked online on the day of the visit, if available.

A unique queuing system will ensure social distancing.

Face covering will be mandatory for all aged 11+ (unless exempt).

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The cafe and restaurant will remain closed until further notice.

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