V&A Dundee opened its doors to visitors on Thursday for the first time in five months, launching an exhibition on iconic British fashion designer Mary Quant.
The waterfront attraction has made several adaptions to gallery spaces and public areas to allow social distancing and hygiene measures to be put in place.
The cafe remains closed, as well as the Knox Terrace viewing area, while one way systems are in place, and there are restrictions on seating areas and toilets.
There is also a small new exhibition on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
The main attraction, though, is the eagerly anticipated celebration of Quant, who is famous for popularising the miniskirt and starting a revolution in women’s fashion.
The arrival of the 1960s-focussed main exhibition, which was previously at the museum’s namesake sister building in London, was marked by the visit of Quant’s long-time colleague Heather Tilbury Phillips.
Ms Phillips, who worked as director of Mary Quant Ltd, said: “It was absolutely amazing working with her.
“She’s now 90 and very frail so is unable to travel. But she was always so exuberant.
“She was basically a very shy person but she had this great determination.
“She knew what she wanted and she had the ability to bring out the very best in people.
“The show here is absolutely terrific. It’s the most wonderful space with lovely light and really shows the excitement and fun of the time.”
To mark the reopening, Dundee community groups were welcomed to the museum for a special preview day on Wednesday, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who also support the communities programme at V&A Dundee.
The exhibition will run until January 17 2021, with tickets on sale now at www.vam.ac.uk/dundee
It will be followed by Night Fever: Designing Club Culture from March 27 to September 5 2021.
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