V&A Dundee
Past Exhibition

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture

Ran from 1 May 2021 to 9 January 2022

This nostalgic disco journey almost moved me to tears

★★★★★ - Daily Telegraph

A sizzling tonic of sensory stimulation

The Guardian

  • Dates

    Ran from 1 May 2021 to 9 January 2022

  • 10.00 – 17.00

  • Exhibition Gallery

  • Warning

    This exhibition contains bright, flashing lights.

Welcome to the club

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture was the first major exhibition exploring the relationship between club culture and design from the 1960s to today.

Delving into iconic clubs in New York, Paris, Florence, Manchester, London, Beirut, Berlin – and towns and cities across Scotland – the exhibition uncovered the progressive and subversive history of nightclub design, and its far-reaching influence on popular culture.

As spaces for adventure and escape, nightclubs have always encouraged experimental and radical design – from Studio 54 to the Haçienda. Discover how architecture, art, fashion, graphics, lighting, performance and sound all come together to create an immersive sensory experience where design, music and technology meet on the dancefloor.

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture featured an exclusive section on Scotland’s unique and distinct club scene, revisiting legendary club nights from across the country. Explore how Scottish club culture is built on an ethos of DIY attitude, togetherness, humour, and a tightly knit network of DJs, clubs and promoters – often holding closer ties to the music and influences of Detroit techno and Chicago house, than to neighbouring scenes south of the border.

V&A Dundee was the only UK venue for Night Fever: Designing Club Culture, which was developed by the Vitra Design Museum and Design Museum Brussels.

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Night Fever - Designing Club Culture 1960-Today

Night Fever - Designing Club Culture 1960 - Today offers a comprehensive overview of the design history of the nightclub, examining its cultural context and international scope.

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Disco and Coffee enamel pin

Aberdeen-based design studio, Disco and Coffee have created an exclusive range of Night Fever inspired products for V&A Dundee, including these funky enamel pins.

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Rainbow Sequin Biker Jacket by Isolated Heroes

Taking inspiration from club culture, local fashion brand Isolated Heroes' latest line Hardcore Happiness is bursting with hedonistic party looks, including this pastel Rainbow Sequin Biker, handmade here in Dundee.

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