THE WAY WE
MINI skirts, Hush puppies and kneehigh pVC boots . . . the swinging sixties revolutionised the world of fashion.
And no one better encapsulates the era than dame Mary Quant (left), the iconic designer whose vibrant, youthful clothes bred a generation of freespirited fashionistas.
From super-high hemlines to tunic dresses and rainbow tights, she sold her quirky designs at her London boutique, Bazaar, offering an alternative to the staid fashions of post-war Britain.
Now, five decades on, her contribution to the national style scene is being celebrated in a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
the showcase includes never-beforeseen sketches and photographs from her personal archive, as well as items on loan from members of the public, who responded to the museum’s call for long-forgotten garments by the pioneering fashion designer.
dame Mary, now 85, says it’s ‘a huge honour’ to be recognised in this way.
Here, we speak to four women who donated a variety of much-loved Mary Quant outfits from their youth and say the designer transformed their sense of style for ever . . .
Mary Quant runs from saturday, april 6, until February 16, 2020, at the V&a. see vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/maryquant for opening times and tickets.