Thursday, 4 August 2011

The National Museum of Scotland- Edinburgh

After a major refurbishment, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is back open for business. Boasting a world class selection of over 4 million exhibits in their archive, many are now on show for the first time.

Edinburgh is a beautiful city and this museum is one of the largest in the UK. This re-development is part of a 15 year, £70 million masterplan and what a difference it has made so far. The ambitious transformation sees the vaults beneath the ground floor excavated and brought to life. Top quality exhibits are displayed in new and innovative ways.

Fashion students spend a lot of time in museums. If you visit the V & A in London, Vivienne Westwood can regularly be seen sketching corsets, crinolines and ceramics for inspiration. Get thee to Chamber Street. Fill your sketchbooks.

I snapped the garments above on my phone to give a flavour of the costume. The displays are bursting with ideas waiting to be plundered for coming Semester sourcebooks. Jewellery, ceramics, animals, insects, machinery, glass, uniforms, the list goes on. Great primary research.

The weather in Scotland has been patchy so I'm off to Southern Italy to explore Pompeii and the Island of Capri, more when I get back. Ciao.

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