Iconic fashion designs to go on display

A felt coat by Zandra Rhodes would be among items going on display in a new fashion gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.
A felt coat by Zandra Rhodes would be among items going on display in a new fashion gallery at the National Museum of Scotland.
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Iconic fashion designs are set to go on permanent display at National Museums Scotland.

The Chambers Street venue will exhibit highlights from its rarely seen fashion collection, believed to be one of the world’s most extensive.

The items include striking designs by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Zandra Rhodes.

Around 70 mannequins and up to 150 exhibits will feature in the new gallery, which is one of ten to open next year.

The £14.1 million project is the third phase of an £80 million overhaul of the museum.

James Robinson, keeper of art and design at the museum, said: “Fashion is definitely going to be our big reveal. Many of our visitors would be forgiven for not knowing that we’ve got one of the world’s outstanding fashion collections.”

The museum has more than 50,000 fashion items, dating from the 16th century to present day.

These include 17th century English embroidery and early Italian silks.

The displays will be regularly “refreshed”, and the gallery will also explore the influences of modern-day designers and the issues affecting the industry.