FASHION legend Paul Smith will today open his exhibition in Glasgow.

The internationally renowned designer is showing a collection of pieces inspired by fashion, creation and beauty.

It is being shown in the Lighthouse until March 20.

From humble beginnings in a Paris hotel suite where he sold his first collection in 1976, the company now shows at London and Paris fashion weeks and is sold in more than 265 stores across 83 countries worldwide.

Mr Smith, who comes from Nottinghamshire, said he was fond of Glasgow.

The 69-year-old said: "I've always had an affection for Glasgow based on the city's strong art heritage and its wonderful link with creativity.

"Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the School of Art and just the whole atmosphere of the place is fantastic and so I'm delighted to be taking the exhibition to The Lighthouse, Scotland's centre for design and architecture."

The touring exhibition, called Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, draws on the designer's personal archive, from the company's first shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham.

Councillor George Redmond, executive member for jobs, business and investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “Paul Smith is a legendary name in fashion and design and is a fantastic fit for The Lighthouse, so we are delighted to welcome this exhibition to the city.

"The unique content will illustrate the impact of Paul Smith on the world of design over the past four decades.”

Donna Loveday, head of curatorial, Design Museum finished: “The Design Museum and The Lighthouse have a longstanding relationship and the opportunity to present Hello, My Name is Paul Smith at The Lighthouse was a perfect fit.

"Since we announced the exhibition was coming to Scotland last year, excitement has been building.

“The exhibition had the highest visitor figures for an exhibition in the Design Museum's history; when it opens in Glasgow I’m certain it will receive an equally positive response.”

Apprentices from construction firm City Building undertook the work on behalf of the Lighthouse.

Tickets are £6 adults and £4 children and concessions via