THE WAY WE

Daily Mail - - Femailmaga­zine - by Sarah Rainey

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.

Pic­ture: GETTY

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