There appears little to connect the grim dereliction of an abandoned training centre for priests in an overgrown Scottish wood and the fantasy worlds of Barbie Dreamhouses and Disney princesses. But they have provided much of the inspiration for multi-media artist Rachel Maclean’s most ambitious project to date.
Toulouse-Lautrec and the emerging nightclub culture of late 19th century Paris were made for each other. As a new National Galleries of Scotland exhibition shows, once there the artist captured its wild appeal and helped create a generation of celebrity performers. By Susan Mansfield
Striking outfits created by fashion designers Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane and Bernat Klein have been revealed as star attractions at the new V&A Dundee museum ahead of its much-anticipated unveiling within days.
The opening exhibition at the new V&A Dundee explores the design, style and technology of the great ocean-going liners of the 19th and 20th centuries, when many of the world’s greatest ships were built in Scotland. By Susan Mansfield