These sumptuous galleries showcase the best of decorative art, design, fashion and style. Discover a treasure trove of beautiful works, explore the influence of design on everyday life and see how contemporary makers continue to innovate.

Explore centuries of creativity and innovation in textiles and fashion in the Fashion and Style gallery on Level 1. Walk your own catwalk and spot gems by Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir and Pringle of Scotland and try your hand at fashion design in our digital game.

Designs by Lanvin, Jacques Fath and Jean Paul Gaultier

Above: Women's robe de style dress by Lanvin, c1924, satin ball gown by Jacques Fath, c1948 and tartan women's jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier, 2004-05.

Catwalk in the Fashion and Style gallery

Above: Models on the catwalk in the Fashion and Style gallery.

Art lovers will find much to delight in our Making and Creating gallery on Level 3, which explores the techniques and inspirations behind the work of artists, makers and designers.

Above: View looking down into the Art, Design and Fashion galleries. 

Don't miss this rare artist’s proof by Picasso, designed in 1954. Worked in iridescent, black and white glass, Capra represents a small goat resting on the grass.

Above: Assistant curator Sarah Rothwell admires Picasso's Capra.

Art doesn’t just belong in galleries though, so wander up to Design for Living on Level 5 to discover ideas that shaped a century of design, from the Great Exhibition to the Festival of Britain.

Above: Work on display by Charles Rennie Mackintosh 

Here you can get acquainted with May Morris’ intricate embroideries. Created to hang in Orkney’s Melsetter House, these wall hangings are a beautiful example of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Above: May Morris' embroideries.

Then take a trip to our Art of Living gallery to see stunning examples of decorative art as expressions of beauty, taste, power and devotion. Sup wine from the astronomical Hamilton-Rothschild Tazza and take tea with the Emperor Napoleon’s tea service. You can also measure up against the Hamilton Palace fireplace wall. Restored to its former glory, this stateroom was saved from the grandest non-royal residence in Europe.

Luxurious lifestyles in Art of Living

Above: Explore luxurious lifestyles of the past in Art of Living.

From earliest times sculptors have created works intended to inspire devotion, to tell stories, to commemorate individuals or to capture beauty in a lasting form. Traditions in Sculpture, on the balcony of Level 5, contrasts classical and Christian sculpture with those of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

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Above: Traditions in Sculpture gallery.

Header image: 'Rose Royce' hat designed by Stephen Jones for the Contours collection. British, Autumn/Winter 1996.

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13th century reliquary casket

This rare and beautiful 13th century reliquary was made in Limoges to house the relics of saint.
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Bernat Klein at National Museums Scotland

Textile designer and artist Bernat Klein put Scottish fashion on the map during the 1960s. Discover his colourful mohairs and tweeds, inspired by the landscape around his Scottish Borders studio.
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Campionissimo aluminium bowl

Created by designer Drummond Masterton, this milled aluminium bowl is inspired by the 60th anniversary of Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi winning the Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double in 1949.
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Cloud cabinet

This magnificent maple cabinet was designed by Edward William Godwin and painted by the renowned artist, James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
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David Le Marchand’s Mackenzie ivories

Carved by virtuoso ivory sculptor David Le Marchand, this set of five portraits was commissioned by George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie, in 1696.
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De Lucci table

This rare 17th-century table, destined for our new art, design and fashion galleries, is an exceptional example of exuberant baroque design.
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Eclipse Blue sculpture

This stoneware sculpture by artist Matthew Chambers is destined for our new Making and Creating gallery.
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Hamilton-Rothschild tazza

A truly magnificent object, this Byzantine sardonyx bowl mounted on a 16th-century gold stand is the most valuable single object in our collection.
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Lennoxlove toilet service

One of our greatest treasures, the Lennoxlove toilet service was discovered at Lennoxlove, a towerhouse near Haddington, to the east of Edinburgh, shortly after the death of the 12th and last Lord Blantyre in 1900.
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Lucile dress

This evening dress of bright leaf green and red shot silk is by the Maison Lucile Ltd, founded by Lady Duff Gordon, and is on display in our new galleries.
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May Morris embroideries

These beautiful hangings were worked around 1900 by May Morris, the daughter of the designer, William Morris, the father of the Arts and Crafts movement.
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Meissen lion

The Meissen lion is part of the animal menagerie commissioned by Augustus II the Strong in the early 18th century.
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Pablo Picasso's Capra

Created in 1954, this glass sculpture marked a new collaboration between Picasso, glassmaker Egidio Costantini and the famed Fucina degli Angeli in Murano, Italy.
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Pāua shell bowl by Phoebe Traquair

Discover a rare and beautiful object made by one of Scotland’s most significant female artists.
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Pink ostrich feather fan

Donated by Lady Victoria Wemyss, this beautiful ladies’ accessory sent hearts fluttering at 1920s balls.
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Spencer House sofa

This sofa once graced one of London’s most splendid mansions, part of an opulent 18th-century interior scheme which was the height of Georgian fashion.
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Tea service of the Emperor Napoleon

This great silver-gilt tea service was created for the Emperor Napoleon and his second wife, the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, shortly after their wedding in 1810.
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Triumph of Prudence tapestry

Hung in Europe’s most noble households, this luxurious tapestry belongs to a Flemish set known as The Triumph of the Seven Virtues. It was woven in Brussels during the early 16th century.
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Vivienne Westwood suit

Scotland Creates volunteer Bethany Lane introduces this distinctive Harris Tweed suit created by iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
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Wedgwood plates by Eduardo Paolozzi

These rare Wedgwood plates were designed by the famous Scottish artist and sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.
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