Chelsea Girls Poster - Alan Aldridge
In 1966 When Aldridge received the commission for a film poster, he was at the heart of Swinging London. He had worked with The Beatles and The Who, designed covers for Penguin paperbacks and been namechecked by the Tory MP Jonathan Aitken in an article about the in crowd, the "Young Meteors". René Magritte and MC Escher informed the visual style of Aldridge's poster for Chelsea Girls, which won him a Silver Award from the Design and Art Directors Club - and a warrant of arrest for pornography charges. He went into hiding for a few days until his lawyer got the charges dropped. "This is Swinging London," says Aldridge, "and I'm being persecuted and hunted for a pair of nipples."