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MARY QUANT

The V&A to present yet another in its series of fashion design exhibitions with the creations and life of Dame Mary Quant.

Born and brought up in Blackheath, London, the daughter of two Welsh schoolteachers – Mary Quant – grew to become a design and retail pioneer critical to the development of the 'Swinging Sixties' fashion in Britain and abroad. She popularised super-high hemlines and other irreverent looks of the era and is often credited with inventing the decade's most iconic garment: the mini-skirt.

The V&A show, which is the first international retrospective of Dame Mary Quant’s work, will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women.

Receiving unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, as well as drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest public collection of Quant designs in the world, the show will bring together over 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs - the majority of which have never been on display before. In addition to those, the show will include a selection of 35 objects and personal stories the V&A received from 30 individuals after launching a call-out to the public to track down rare and beloved Quant garments from wardrobes around the country.

Mary Quant
V&A
6 April 2019 – 16 February 2020