Blow out (and about) // Design Museum late nights – Rewind the tape

Last night’s Rewind the tape event at the Design Museum was a nostalgic celebration of 80’s and 90’s subculture across fashion, film and music. In association with District MTV, the after-hours shindig essentially ticked all our dream boxes.

If you’ve ever danced to Inner City’s Good Life (WORK IT fans take note), tipp-Exed RIP Kurt over your pencil case or swooned over Peter Lindbergh snaps of the supers, you’ll get the vibe.

Run to the backdrop of the Design Museum’s current exhibition, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, we were free to explore floors of mashed-up creativity that inspired generations. Highlights included a tiny neon-lit room playing Josh Wink, live screen printing, brilliant large-scale mood boarding and period film projections from the balcony.




And whilst the focus was retrospective, Rewind the Tape also proved an excellent showcase for up-and-coming talent. Break through DJ’s, MCs, stylists, photographers and filmmakers performed at and supported the event. Available on the night, the aptly lo-fi Class of 2013 Zine name checked a handful of key creative players from the generational new wave.


And continue to create they must. Nowadays cultural symbols like the Hacienda exist only as luxury apartments, no one’s taping Waterfalls off the radio, HELL Britney and Justin might never even get back together *wipes tear*.

Rewind the tape reassured us that the talent and energy nurtured through decades of creative progression is still very much alive and kicking.

N.B All photos by Andy Waterman


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