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Boxy jacket and knickerbockers in brushed mohair wool

Boxy jacket and knickerbockers in brushed mohair wool, designed by Bill Gibb, ca. 1976, T.444&A-1988 © Victoria and Albert Museum

Scottish design – past and present – is a major research theme for the V&A in the lead-up to the opening of V&A Museum of Design Dundee in Summer 2018.

The Scottish Design Galleries will present the extraordinary and internationally significant story of Scotland’s design heritage. They will provide an introduction to over 500 years of creativity, ingenuity and achievement by bringing together around 250 fascinating objects. From furniture, fashion and textiles, ceramics, glass and metalwork, to architecture, engineering and digital design, the galleries will showcase the huge scope and diversity of Scottish design historically and today. Drawing extensively on the V&A’s outstanding collections of over 12,000 Scottish objects, as well as significant collections in Scotland and worldwide, the Galleries will display both iconic objects and many works that have never previously been seen by the public.

Specific areas of focus include the international diaspora of Scottish design, the role of design to effect societal change, and the design process – from vernacular traditions to design for industry, to contemporary digital design in Scotland.
A major publication will be produced to accompany the opening of the Scottish Design Galleries.

Project leads:

Lead Curator: Joanna Norman, Research Department, V&A
Assistant Curator: Meredith More, V&A Museum of Design Dundee

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