As creator of the mini skirt and hot pants, Mary Quant was instrumental in the Mod Fashion Movement. Quant considered the mini skirt function and fashion with the liberating ability to move quickly and be stylish. The mini became one of the defining designs of the ‘60’s.
Quant started by designing the clothes she wanted for herself, friends and fellow art students, she was convinced that fashion needed to be affordable and accessible to a younger generation. She opened her own retail boutique, “Bazaar” on the Kings Road in 1955 … and the “mod” era began with knee-high white patent plastic lace up boots, and tight rib sweaters in stripes and bold checks, her designs were both original and affordable.
Mary Quant quotes …
“A woman is as young as her knees.”
“Fashion is a tool… to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.”
“Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.”
“Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital.”
“The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.”
In 1988, Mary Quant designed the interior of the Mini, featuring black and white striped seats, trimmed in red. The steering wheel had Quant’s signature daisy and the bonnet badge had “Mary Quant” written over the signature name. Chrome was replaced with grey, the car came in either black or white.
Even though Quant sold her company to Japanese investors over a decade ago, the name lives on with over 200 shops in Japan. http://www.maryquant.co.jp/
So, here on Halloween when you see the influence of the 1960’s on the street, parties and about town … thank Mary.