Tha-one Icon: Mary Quant’s Mini Skirt

March 14, 2012 by Svelte  
Published in Fashion article on Mary Quant’s fashion legacy!

God bless Mary Quant, without her we wouldn’t have our favourite item of clothing the mini skirt. Mary was one of the leading lights of London’s swinging sixties adding frivolity and fun to fashion.  In 1955 she opened her shop Bazaar on the King’s Road, the hub of all things cool with her husband and business partner Alexander Plunkett-Greene.  Mary created many of the best sellers of the sixties, including the infamous white knee boots, but none are as enduring as the mini. Named after her favourite car, Mary said of the skirt “It was the girls on the King’s Road who invented the mini. I was making easy, youthful, simple clothes, in which you could move, in which you could run and jump and we would make them the length the customer wanted. I wore them very short and the customers would say, ‘Shorter, shorter.’” And shorter it got. The classic markers of a Mary Quant mini was of course the length but also the A-line shape which gave the desired movement. Chic and daring, the mini is everywhere in today’s fashion – the midi and maxi may come and go but you will never be outmoded in a mini!


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