Mini back in Aldridge spotlight

Mary Quant, The Who, the King's Road - and the Mini, a car that is once again underlining its position as a style icon, this time at London's Design Museum.

A unique example of the latest manifestation of the legendary car, with exterior artwork by artist, illustrator and graphic designer Alan Aldridge, has gone on display.

The piece was inspired by a similar example Mr Aldridge produced in 1965 using the original Mini, and boasts an array of images, shapes and patterns, each reflecting either a male or female theme.

It is the centrepiece of the installation The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes by the celebrated artist who illustrated books for the Beatles.

He also designed album covers for The Rolling Stones, The Who and Elton John, was art director for Penguin Books, and illustrated much-loved children's books such as The Butterfly Ball.

Mini UK General Manager Andy Hearn said: "The work of Alan Aldridge is synonymous with some of the most important names in the history of British culture, so Mini is delighted to support this exhibition by offering Alan a car to work on."

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