Style Muse: Mary Quant


I recently read Quant by Quant, The Autobiography of Mary Quant. If you haven't read it then I urge you to do so as it is such an inspiring read. Mary Quant is perhaps best remembered for popularising the mini skirt and this book, originally published in 1966, tells the story of her early career and life with Alexander Plunket Greene, her husband and business partner. After opening her boutique Bazaar on the Kings Road in 1955, Mary Quant soared to fame with her stylish clothes and much like in the early days of Biba the shop would regularly run out of stock when it first opened. The book is highly entertaining and I just love finding out about the mad life they all lead in the early years of setting up the shop.


I shall leave you with some inspirational images that show just how amazing the clothes and Mary were.




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9 comments

  1. Wonderful pictures! i love the dresses from the 2nd last image. I've only read her recent book which was just her autobiography but i think i would be interesting to read it from a time when it was current and right in the middle of all the fame. Ill have to add it to my book list

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    1. It's a great book, you should defnitely add it to your list! Those dresses are fab aren't they, I actually have a sewing pattern that's similar.

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  2. I have a first edition of that book, and it costed me a pretty penny....It's really interesting, though. The only downside to it is that she doesn't give any dates, so we don't know when is what happening. I was always quite curious about when did she started to get real recognintion. When I was at uni, my fashion and dress history professor said that at the time when she graduted from St.Martins in 1962, she has never heard of Mary Quant. Apparently her boutique was so exclusive to Chelsea aristocracy...Also, when you look at the prices of MQ clothes you realise that it was amyth that she was affordable to anyone. There was no way working class girls could have afforded her clothes in mid-1960's.

    Anyway, her second autobiography, the one published last year, is better for dates. I actually met Mary Quant when she was signing copies of that book at V&A last year. She seems to be very unwell these days. She can barely walk on her own. I did love the moment when she saw me and my girlfriend, both dressed up in our sixties clothes. She didn't say anything, but she gave us such a lovely smile, and you could see that sparkle in her eyes, a trace of her younger self. It was a pretty moving moment.

    Anyway, I'll stop going on about myself now. Interesting Post!

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    1. Wow, that's amazing that you got to meet her. I agree that her second autobiography is a lot better for dates. I did think when I was reading the book that there was no way normal girls could afford her clothes, my mum was a bit too young to experience it all but if she had I know that my nan would not have had the money for Mary Quant dresses!

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  3. Wonderful pictures, especially that polka dot dress and the colourful beret advert. I see what Dandy's saying - 12 shillings seems like a heck of a lot of money back in the '60s. xxx

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    1. The beret advert is fab isn't it, I could get the orange set and match my hair! ;)

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  4. the first picture is just sublime. I always want to go a bit Mary Quant once autumn rolls around again and I can dig out tights and shift dresses again..excited! I just love your style, you are so elegant! xox

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  5. I love the designs of Mary Quant and also just read her book :-)

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  6. Just stumbled upon your blog through Vix's. Love your style and your taste. Having read this post I feel like Mary Quant hasn't gotten her fair share of credit for the 60s fashion innovation.

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