In light of the show at London Collections: Men in January (the collection featured 3D printed knitwear, among other futuristic fabrics), it’s safe to say Pringle of Scotland is one of the more forward thinking brands in the menswear industry. It may come as surprise, then, that it’s one of the oldest too. 2015 marks the company’s 200th anniversary and to celebrate, it presents Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland.
Curated by fashion author and lecturer Alistair O’Neill, the exhibition traces the history of one of Scotland’s (and therefore the world’s) most eminent knitwear companies.
Initially, Pringle sold hosiery and underwear, but branched out to apparel as the years went on, most notably, the Argyle golf apparel that the likes of Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer (pictured above) wore on the professional tour. At its core though, Pringle has always offered exemplary knitwear, and the exhibition looks to demonstrate the company’s woolly expertise. “Fully Fashioned is a useful opportunity to not only mark Pringle’s 200th anniversary,” says curator Alistair O’Neill, “but to demonstrate the centrality of knitwear to the modern wardrobe.”
“It is incredible what the researchers have found across the archives of several museums,” added head of design Massimo Nicosia, “as well as private and royal households. It is such an honour to be part of this history and see how Pringle literally transformed the wardrobe from the early 20th century. It’s a seemingly unlimited treasure, invaluable to any designer.”
If you’re Edinburgh at all over the next few months, we highly recommend dropping in to see the exhibition. As well as illustrating Pringle of Scotland’s extensive history, it gives insight into the sartorial possibilities of wool, which as you’ll see, are near endless.
Fully Fashioned: The Pringle of Scotland Story, open until 16 August 2015 at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, pringlescotland.com