Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop
National Museum of Scotland
29th June 2018
We provided bespoke mannequins for the National Museum of Scotland’s ‘Rip it Up: The Story of Scottish Pop’; the first major exhibition dedicated to Scottish pop music, exploring the musical culture of the nation over more than half a century.
Headless mannequins wear the iconic costumes of influential indie pioneers to global superstars such as Shirley Manson, Lulu, Simple Minds, Annie Lennox, Gerry Rafferty, Alex Harvey, Texas, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers and KT Tunstall.
The figures were created to the same height and shape of the artists and musicians to provide resemblance to the icon and ensure their clothes fit correctly. Miriam McLeod, Textiles Conservator for the museum, requested that the ‘Fish’ figure deviated from the rest and came complete with a head to emphasise the singer-songwriter’s distinctive 6’5” stature.
A dark grey powder paint finish was chosen to suit the diverse range of clothing on display that spans five decades. Mannequins were crafted in various positions, such as a hand-on-hip pose that was chosen for the Annie Lennox figure to show off her iconic flowing evening dress.
22 June to 25 November 2018.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
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