I felt fun, free and sexy in it...

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CLAIRe FIAN­DeR, 69, lives in Lon­don. She bought her Lib­erty-print dress in 1967.

AFTER school, my mother wanted me to meet a suit­able hus­band, so she sent me off to Lon­don to find some­thing nice to wear to drinks par­ties and my grand­fa­ther’s coun­try club, where I might — if I had the right dress — bump into a charm­ing man.

This came from Fen­wick in Bond Street and cost around seven-anda-half guineas (£138 in to­day’s money). It was my first de­signer dress, and was far more ex­pen­sive than any­thing else I owned, but my mother didn’t bat an eye­lid.

The dress is cot­ton, with a pink flo­ral print on a beige back­ground. It’s A-line and ex­tremely short — I short­ened it by a foot when I bought it — with a smocked neck­line and cuffs. I wore it with pale tights and block-heeled patent-leather shoes with a bow on the front.

I’ve al­ways been slightly re­bel­lious, and this dress summed up ev­ery­thing I wanted to be: fun, free, sexy, but not overtly so. I’ve never been con­form­ist when it comes to fash­ion — and Mary Quant kick-started all that.

This was my go-to out­fit for a year: drinks par­ties, the coun­try club and trips to the theatre.

It stayed at my mother’s house, stashed in an old chest of draw­ers, un­til I re­dis­cov­ered it a cou­ple of years ago. It’s a lit­tle worse for wear — it has a hole where it’s been nib­bled away by moths — but it still fits!

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