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.