Skip Navigation or Skip to Content

'Self-portrait Dreaming of Portavadie', by Pinkie Maclure, Tayport, Fife, Scotland, (2019)

Modern and Contemporary Design

'Self-portrait Dreaming of Portavadie', by Pinkie Maclure, Tayport, Fife, Scotland, (2019)

Our Modern & Contemporary Design collections comprise over 35,000 objects dating from c.1850 to the present, including ceramics, jewellery, glass, metalwork, fashion and textiles, craft, contemporary furniture and product design.

Decorative arts, craft and design collections

The collections of decorative arts, craft, jewellery, glass, ceramics, metalwork, furniture and product design comprise over 11,000 objects. They include work by leading figures of Aestheticism, the Arts and Crafts, and Art Nouveau movements, as well as a significant collection of studio and art glass donated by Dan Klein (1938-2009) and Alan J. Poole, and one of three nationally significant modern and contemporary jewellery collections.

Fashion and textile collections

Combined with the historic dress and textiles collections pre-dating 1850, our collection of European and North American fashion and textiles consists of c. 50,000 items. The modern and contemporary collections include the archives of British fashion designer Jean Muir (1928-1995), comprising an estimated 18,000 items, and of the Serbian artist, colourist and textile designer, Bernat Klein (1922-2015), comprising over 4,000 objects.

Explore our collections

Looking for a particular object in our Global Arts, Cultures and Design collections?

Search our collections

Meet the team

Georgina Ripley
Principal Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: Head of the Modern & Contemporary design section, specialising in fashion and textiles from 1850 to the present day, and the development of the contemporary fashion collections.

Research interests: Jean Muir (fl. 1962-1995); contemporary couture and new technologies in fashion; constructs of masculinity in contemporary menswear and image-making; diversity and inclusivity in the fashion industry.

E: g.ripley@nms.ac.uk

Read more

Sarah Rothwell
Senior Curator, Modern & Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: British, European and other ‘Western’ glass, ceramics, metalware, jewellery and industrial design circa 1945 – present.

Research interests: Nordic and British Modernist Jewellery Design, Contemporary Craft with a focus on Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery, 20th century European Art and Design and the integration and interpretation of historical collections by working artists and makers.

E: s.rothwell@nms.ac.uk

Claire Blakey
Curator, Modern Decorative Arts

Collection responsibility: European ceramics, glass, precious and base metalwork from circa 1800 to 1945.

Research interests: Staffordshire ceramics, especially Minton & Co.; British pottery made for export; printing on pottery; the Renaissance revival in Britain and Italy.

E: c.blakey@nms.ac.uk

Lisa Mason
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: Providing curatorial support across the Art and Design department, focussed on modern and contemporary collections, including exhibitions and enquiries.

Research interests: Fashion and textiles c.1900 – present, smart textiles, sustainable design.

E: l.mason@nms.ac.uk

Carys Wilkins
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Design

Collection responsibility: Providing curatorial support across the Art and Design department, focussed on modern and contemporary collections, including exhibitions and enquiries.

Research interests: Furniture and product design circa 1900 – present, design anthropology, design and the art market.

E: c.wilkins@nms.ac.uk

Find out more

Back to top