Sneak peek of first show at Dundee’s V&A

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The opening exhibition at Dundee’s new V&A museum of design is set to be previewed in London.

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates what was once the mode of transport of choice for those looking to see the world – as well as their impact on popular culture.

The exhibition will be one of the first on display at the V&A Dundee when the museum opens its doors on September 15 – with a sneak peek of what is to come on public display in London from Saturday.

Among the artefacts on display are a genuine deckchair and a piece of panneling retrieved from the Titanic, and a Christian Dior dress worn by the actress Marlene Dietrich on board the Queen Elizabeth.

Posters and artworks harking back to the golden age of shipbuilding and ocean travel, along with swimsuits of the era, will also be on show.

It will be in London until June 17, at which point it will be packed up and shipped to the City of Discovery.

Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A gallery in London, said the exhibit was a fitting display for the Dundee museum’s opening.

He added: “Given Scotland’s rich shipbuilding history it could not be any more appropriate for Scotland’s first design museum.”

Philip Long, curator of Dundee the V&A

Philip Long (pictured), director of the V&A Dundee, added: “It was always our ambition to bring this exhibition to Dundee.

“Many of these objects have not been seen in Europe since the ships were launched. It is a fantastic opportunity to find out about some of the greatest design of the 20th Century.”

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style has been curated by Ghislaine Wood, who was inspired by her own work on V&A Dundee’s first permanent exhibition.

The Scottish Design Galleries will form a cornerstone of V&A Dundee’s offering, honouring more than 500 years of Scottish design heritage with exhibits.

A centrepiece of this will be Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Oak Room tearoom, which will be restored, rebuilt and rehoused in Dundee.

Ms Wood added: “The idea first came in 2003 and has been forming since then — but really since curating the Scottish Design Galleries it came together.”

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