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Fashion Icons: Mary Quant

08 Jul

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Ronald Dumont / Express / Getty ImagesMary Quant having her hair cut by famed  hairdresser Vidal Sassoon

One look at Mary Quant, with her trademark angular bob and artistically  appealing creations, brings to mind the distinctive style and subculture she was  instrumental in developing: 1960s mod. The British designer is credited with  inventing both the miniskirt and hot pants — two looks that live on today, for  better or worse. A Londoner through and through, Quant was born in 1934 in the  suburb of Blackheath and opened Bazaar, her first clothing shop, on the  fashionable King’s Road in 1955. By 1961, the success of Bazaar allowed Quant  and her business partner, Archie McNair, to open a second shop in Knightsbridge. The trendy and  sometimes provocative clothes Quant stocked in her shop gained popularity as the  women’s liberation movement expanded. Buoyed by success, the young entrepreneur  decided to try her hand at design, creating unique pieces that appealed to the  city’s free-spirited youth, from plastic knee-high boots to boxy shift dresses  and clingy knits. By the mid-’60s, Quant had solidified her place in fashion  history by popularizing the micro-mini, as well as the patterned tights that  went with it. Eventually Quant expanded her focus to include home goods, makeup  and accessories, all of which remained true to her mod roots.

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Fashion Icons

 

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