The work of north-east designers features in a permanent exhibition at Scotland’s newest museum.
The £80 million V&A Dundee,which opens to the public tomorrow, showcases a creation by Aberdeenshire fashion designer Bill Gibb in the Scottish Design Galleries.
The exhibition features 300 objects from a range of design disciplines, including furniture, textiles, metalwork and ceramics, fashion, architecture, engineering and digital design.
Among the work is a dress created by Gibb who was a farm boy from New Pitsligo but went on to be named Designer of the Year by British Vogue. The 1972 evening dress, trimmed with leather streamers, was worn by singer Sandie Shaw.
A snake bangle made of gold and opal, crafted by Aberdonian architect James Cromer Watt in 1905, also features in the exhibition.
The beautiful piece – which had previously been housed in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collections – was made using an ancient technique called gold granulation.
The work of Aberdeen-born Thomas Affleck also appears.
The mahogany Chippendale-style chest of drawers is the first piece of his work to go on public display in his home country.
Joanna Norman, who is the director of the V&A Research Institute and lead curator of the Scottish design galleries, said: “The influence of Scottish design is not limited to one country: it has been felt around the world. The Scottish Design Galleries will transform people’s knowledge of Scotland’s legacy of design and innovation.
“Drawing on the V&A’s world-famous collections of art, design and performance, as well as other collections across Scotland, it has taken several years of careful research to bring together this unique collection of objects.
“They tell a fascinating and relatively unknown story.”