Design Icons exhibition at museum

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Our Design Icons exhibition takes you on a journey from the mischievous Mary Quant fashions to the ground-breaking Nintendo Gameboy. Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s exhibition explores some of the most recognisable designs of the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Both innovative and unique, these retro design icons captured the imagination of their contemporaries and continue to inspire designers today.

Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Design Icons: Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Packed with games and music, our Design Icons exhibition has something for everyone. Marvel at the world class design of the Raleigh Chopper. Try your hand at playing Mario on an original Gameboy and admire the fashions of the 3 decades, from the eye-wateringly short skirts of the ‘60s, to the ripped, zipped and pinned outfits of the 1980s punks.


Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL (map)


From 21 January to 4 March 2017 Open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Thursdays & Sundays



Young Curators Project

Design Icons was first curated in 2014 by 2 3D Design students from Herts Regional College as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s Young Curators project. The exhibition was made by young people for young people and was accompanied by a series of arts workshops for 11 to 18 year olds.

This exhibition is part of a series of touring exhibitions produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. Additional funding was awarded by the Royal Opera House Bridge to enable the museum to run its Young Curators programme.Arts Council England logo