ICONIC DESIGNS AT CHELMSFORD MUSEUM

The 1960s, 70s and 80s were responsible for some of the most celebrated designs of the modern era, and now a new exhibition, ‘Design Icons' comes to Chelmsford Museum from 27 January to 4 March 2018.

The exhibition, which has been curated by students from Epping's Young Curators program, celebrates some of the most iconic items from this glorious period. From Mary Quant designing mini-skirts and hot pants which were immortalised by Twiggy and embraced by the Mods, Vivienne Westwood's punk creations and Versace's opulent luxury, to G-Plan furniture, space hoppers, Chopper bikes, Nintendo's Game Boy and mobile phones.

Dr Mark Curteis, Assistant Museum Manager, Curatorial and Learning, says: "This period of our recent history is exceptional for the burst of creativity that took place in such a short period. Products such as plastic, teak and wicker became the go to materials for designers who were exploring new ideas, whilst the technological advances changed our working lives and leisure time". Mark continued: "The exhibition has been expertly put together by these young students and you get a real sense of the passion that they have for these fantastic designs".

The culture of the era is also explored in the exhibition, with a ‘Top of The Pops' display and a 1980s music quiz, where you can test your knowledge on the music of the era.

Entry to ‘Design Icons' is free and is open between 10am and 5pm, Mondays - Thursdays, Fridays School Holidays 10am to 5pm (closed in term time), Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm. To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museumevents

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