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