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1965 (Mini-dress) Natural hessian trimmed with braid
(Jumper) Knitted artificial fibres.

This outfit, with its belt adapted to become a halter-neck fastening, is a good example of Mary Quant's practical ingenuity and surreal vision. It combines school uniform, beatnik bohemianism and futuristic chic - all elements of Quant's creative repertoire.

It was designed in 1965, the year Mary Quant published her autobiography, Quant by Quant . In this book, Quant recalls how she discovered the skinny rib jumper by trying an eight-year-old boy's sweater for fun, and in six months 'all the birds' were wearing them.


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1966 Wool jersey.

Mary Quant's mini-dresses for her 'Ginger Group' label epitomise the 1960s fashion revolution. This jersey shift dress is like a sweater grown to dress length, and a version was modelled by Twiggy in a Vogue 'Young Idea' fashion spread in April 1966. With the hem well above the knee it was ideally suited to her boyish figure.

The dress was donated as unsold stock from a smart boutique called 'Merlyn', in London's East End, reputedly patronised by gangsters and their girlfriends.


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1967 Wool jersey.

The fluid cut, pliable jersey fabric and functional front zip of this 'skater' dress suggest the speed and grace of the ice-rink. Mary Quant designed informal, functional clothes for the emancipated woman. She said, 'I want free-flowing, feminine lines that compliment a woman's shape... relaxed clothes, suited to the actions of normal life'.


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Mary Quant's shop Bazaar on the Kings Road, photographed by John Bignell, 1959
Mary Quant caused a sensation when with her husband, Alexander Plunkett Green, she opened Bazaar on the King's Road in 1955. Suddenly the small useful shops of the past disappeared as boutique owners took over. The King's Road became a magnet for the beautiful and rich, and the Saturday afternoon parade became a 'must do' event. She broke the fashion mould when she launched the mini skirt in the early 1960s.


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Biographical links and more images here and here.

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I personally love Mary Quant. Around 2002 I suddenly had this mad fetish for her tight (stocking) collections. So I went onto EBay and snapped up loads of vintage tights, bright orange, you name it. It's impossible not to feel sexy in MQ tights. (I even have a few pictures somewhere, although I shouldn't post them, bwahaha)

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Thanks so much for posting those Somethingelse!

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^ My pleasure, dbear1000! I love researching these iconic designers and innovators! I didn't realize that Mary Quant also has a presence on the silver screen! Here is the IMDB link to her filmography works, and here are the films she was involved with - all too brief.

Costume and Wardrobe Department:
Georgy Girl (1966) (costume designer: Charlotte Rampling)
The Wild Affair (1963) (dresses: Ms. Kwan)
Live It Up! (1963) (costumes: models)
... aka Sing and Swing (USA)

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Two for the Road (1967)
The Haunting (1963/I)

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Mary Quant Mini Dress, 1965 (approximately).

This simple cotton mini-dress typifies the designs of Mary Quant in the mid to late 1960s. The dress is stark and very simply made with bold panels of cream contrasting with the bright pink body of the dress. The dress closes with a bold zip fastener with a circular ring detail.

Together with French fashion designers such as Courreges and Cardin, Mary Quant produced fashion which typified the new lifestyle of the 1960s. Although the clothing she produced was relatively simple it was still quite expensive and sold through boutiques and larger department stores. Because her clothes were quite simple, they were often copied by cheaper stores and could even be made at home.


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Rare Mary Quant tri-color silk chiffon gown with jewelled embroidered daisy bodice. The visionary Quant defined the Carnaby street style of the 60s and 70s, and remains one of fashion's most dominant icons. Her staple, ultra-mod daywear are treasured and uncommon finds. This evening gown, (wht her signature daisy motif) is supremely rare and a wonderful testament to the range of her vision.


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Made in a rich purple hopsacking-type fabric, it shows the simplistic, sport-inspired cutting of her earliest work - which was so radical at the time. It also has the much desired 'gold label', which is believed to be the highest Quant label available, indicating quality and rarity. The early signs of mod are here, with the plain decoration in the horizontal black bands at the hem of the tunic top and the double buttonholes on the cuffs. I'm unsure if anything was actually meant to fasten through these, or if it was a quirky feature just for show.






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Wool jersey dress, 1966.

Mary Quant saw the future of fashion in ready-to-wear. Her non-conformist approach contributed to London's reputation in the 1960s as a young city bubbling with ideas.

She designed this simple, drop-waisted dress to wear when she received the Order of the British Empire in 1966 for services to exports. Its chunky zips, topstitching and navy lined collar and cuffs are functional and sporty evoking the casual chic and crisp modernity of the earliest designs of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel, whose work Quant admired.


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The Dress of the year is a significant symbol within the fashion world of today. Chosen by members of the Fashion Writers’ Association and started in 1963.

This significant choice for the very first Dress of the Year saw Mary Quant head the lineup.

Mary Quant was just making her name in London for exciting but inexpensive clothes for young women. She designed the most beautiful childlike clothes. Later in her career she was accredited with the mini skirt which was created in 1965.

Quant’s grey pinafore dress is knee length and made from fantastic light weight wool. It hosted the beginning of what has proved to be an important fashion title for future designers.


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Raincoat and sou'wester, 1963.


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Looks as though the dress fabric is moiré!

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1965 Watered rayon dress trimmed with marabou, 1967. Designed by Mary Quant for Ginger Group. Mary Quant started her wholesale company, Ginger Group, in 1963. She designed four collections a year for it. This drop-waisted, 1920s-style dress is unlined. It was purchased from the June Elson Boutique 'Serendipity' in Notting Hill Gate for £9.00.


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