japan: hello, my name is paul smith

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held at the design museum in london two years ago, the hello, my name is paul smith exhibition provided fans a multi-faceted insight into the creative world of fashion designer paul smith. since then the show is traveling around the planet, and is currently making stopovers in japan, by far the most significant markets of the paul smith fashion brand. the first fo three showcases, held at the national museum of modern art in kyoto [1], has already kicked off, and documents how the british designer started out in the 1970s with a small shop in nottingham, to its global presence today and much-publicized seasonal catwalk shows in both london and paris.

the exhibition is divided into sections, exploring the history of the brand, the designer's ideas and inspirations, his creative process, office and design studio, the collections, and last but not least, the brand's stores. especially for the show, the tiny first store has been recreated. what makes the exhibition a compelling one, is the fact that a slew of objects and props are on display from smith's personal archive [open through jul 18]. after the stopover in kyoto, the exhibition will travel onwards to ueno royal museum in tokyo [2] and then finally to nagoya's matsuzakaya museum [3]. location [1]: okazaki enshoji-cho [central kyoto]. location [2]: 1-2 ueno koen [taito-ku]. location [3]: 3-16-1 sakae [sakae].

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