I recently attended the opening of the new Pringle of Scotland retrospective exhibition at The National Museum of Scotland. Curated by Alistair O’Neill the exhibition charts the brands history from humble beginnings manufacturing hosiery to the all encompassing global knitwear brand it is today.
Here is a little bit about the exhibition:
“Scotland is the iconic birthplace of the knitwear industry. It was in Hawick, in the Scottish Borders, that Pringle of Scotland became one of the first luxury knitwear manufacturers in the world.
Marking Pringle of Scotland’s 200th anniversary, this free exhibition traces the history of the company from a small hosiery firm making undergarments to an international fashion brand known for its outerwear.
Using rare pieces of early knitwear, iconic fashion garments, archival records and film footage, the exhibition traces the evolution of one of the world’s oldest fashion brands and explores the continuing relevance of knitwear to the modern wardrobe.”
The exhibition charts the brand from their inception , 200 years ago, right up to present day. It’s fascinating to wander round the exhibition and see how the brand unfolded. From simple but detailed undergarments (see above) ,to natty golf jumpers, right up to their catwalk collections of the present day featuring glorious hand-knit cable pieces as well as technologically advanced machine designs . What struck me most was ,at every level, the dedication to innovation and quality.
See my pictures below. Apologies they are a little blurry!
Image above courtesy of Pringle of Scotland.
This garment above just amazed me. The design is astounding. It’s from their AW14 Collection designed by Massimo Nicosia.Below: As seen in their AW14 Campaign.
Below: This wonderful piece was hand-knitted, can you imagine!!
The museum was packed out, and unsurprisingly so, it’s a fascinating retrospective with some really special pieces including one vintage Pringle design on loan from Her Majesty the Queen and also a gorgeous little cardigan that belonged to Princess Grace of Monaco.
The lasting image I was left with is of their brand ambassador Tilda Swinton, I just love this shot!
I would highly recommend if you are in Edinbugrh to pop into the National Museum of Scotland and see the exhibition for yourself..hurry as it’s moving over the USA in August!