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Spotlight On: Beyond the Little Black Dress

13 Jul 2023
14:00 - 15:00

Auditorium, Level 1

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Richard Quinn SS23, Look 1 © Getty Images

Richard Quinn SS23, Look 1 © Getty Images

Join curator Georgina Ripley to explore design classics and cutting-edge catwalk creations in an introduction to our upcoming exhibition Beyond the Little Black Dress.


Adult - £3 
Over 60 - £3 
National Museums Scotland Members - £2 
Unemployed, Disabled - £2  
Student, Young Scot (14-21) – £2 
Carer of disabled person – free  

The little black dress has become a byword for chic, but it is also a blank canvas for communicating broader political and cultural shifts. Georgina Ripley, Principal Curator of Modern and Contemporary Design at National Museums Scotland, will discuss the continuing creative reinvention of this wardrobe staple and the radical power of black in fashion.   

This event includes an audience Q&A. Our current exhibition Beyond the Little Black Dress will be open to visit on the day. Exhibition tickets must be purchased separately, advance booking recommended.  This event is suitable for age 14+

Getting here

Enter the museum from the main public entrance on Chambers Street.   

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Safety measures are in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.  


We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit.  

  • There is level access to the museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on most floors, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • There is an induction loop in the Auditorium. 
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 
  • Find out more about our access information If you have any questions about accessing this event, please email us in advance at  

Q and A

Following the presentation there will be the opportunity for questions from the audience. We will ask that questions be submitted digitally via mobile phone. Full details will be explained on the day. Questions can also be submitted in advance by emailing  

Ticketing terms and conditions

National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy. Please refer to our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions here. 

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