Smith's Retrospective Exhibition Celebrates His Life's Work

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Nov 18, 2013 • References: paulsmith and wallpaper
'Hello, My Name is Paul Smith,' is the name of Paul Smith's retrospective exhibition at London's Design Museum. However, Smith declares this exhibition as anything but retrospective because it comes from the heart, not the wallet. Though it's not retrospective of his fashion collections themselves, it's retrospective of his life and passion.

The show is fueled by his design process and vice versa rather than a plotted timeline of career success. This collection tells the audience quite a bit about his quirky antics, almost in the form of a visual autobiography. Smith is an avid collector of buttons, toy robots and Rolleiflex cameras that feed his innovative process. After all, the exhibit itself showcases 70,000 buttons!

The show demonstrates the simple beginnings of his empire and how anyone can grow into a global success—quirky antics and all.