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The mini skirt is raised to iconic status

Posted by: Creativematch Graduate Recruitment

Date added: Fri 28 Apr 2006

When the controversial mini-skirt hit the streets of London in 1966, no one could have predicted it would be declared a national treasure 40 years later – but the people of Britain and the world have voted it in along with 20 other national treasures as announced by the online 'ICONS – A Portrait of England' project.

The mini skirt is raised to iconic status

The new list of 21 – chosen from nominations by thousands of people from England and around the globe – is another step in the creation of an online collection that aims to provide a snapshot of the life of the nation in the 21st Century. The 21 new icons are: St George’s Flag The Domesday Book    Blackpool Tower Hadrian’s Wall    HMS Victory    The Globe The Notting Hill Carnival    The mini-skirt    Cricket Brick Lane    The Hay Wain    The Sutton Hoo helmet The Lindisfarne Gospes    Pride and Prejudice    York Minster The Origin of Species    The Eden Project    Big Ben Morris Dancing    The Pub    The Machin (Queen’s head) stamp The project, which launched in January, appears to have captured the public imagination. Funded by Culture Online, part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, ICONS has attracted hundreds of thousands of votes for the nation’s favourite icons. Jerry Doyle, Managing Director of ICONS, said: “We are delighted with the response from the public. It has been overwhelming, with around a quarter of a million visits to the site, more than 5,000 suggested nominations and around 300,000 votes. "Nominations have ranged from popular national treasures like Wallace and Grommit and Dr Who to controversial suggestions like fox-hunting, where the debate rages on.” Alex Cosgrave, Tower Hamlets Director of Environment and Culture, was delighted Brick Lane made it into the second wave of nominations: “It’s a vibrant area for all the communities in the borough, as well as visitors, to enjoy, well-renowned for its fantastic selection of restaurants. Brick Lane is also home to the Baishaki Mela celebrating the Bengali New Year, which will be held on Sunday 14 May this year.” Many celebrities have made their nominations and a new collection will be published on the ICONS site to coincide with the second wave of icons announcements. These include: Eddie Izzard (who nominated the South Downs) Nick Rhodes and John Taylor of Duran Duran (Birmingham’s Rotunda) Bob Hoskins (the career of Judi Dench) Darcey Bussell OBE (Royal Opera House) Graham Norton (the pub sign) Mary Quant (cardigans and cottage pie), Sarah Hendy (Alison Lapper statue) and Jemma Redgrave (Porchester Spa). Four waves of new icons will be announced during 2006 until the collection boasts 100 Icons of England. It is being assembled jigsaw-fashion, bit by bit, at www.ICONS.org.uk. The first 12 official ‘Icons of England’ in the collection, announced in January, were: Stonehenge, Punch and Judy, the S.S. Empire Windrush, Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII, a cup of tea, the FA Cup, Alice in Wonderland, the Routemaster double-decker bus, the King James Bible, the Angel of the North, the Spitfire and Jerusalem. The idea behind the ICONS project is that it can help us all to explore, enjoy and celebrate our cultural treasures more and will encourage visits to museums and galleries. But it is also proving an unusual and exciting entrée for potential tourists eager to find out what makes England tick. Have your say at www.ICONS.org.uk

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