Mary Quant: Fashion Icon at The Museum of Costume

Mary Quant: Fashion Icon is an exhibition currently on at The Museum of Costume in Manchester. Celebrated as the most famous female fashion designer working in London in the 1960s, Mary Quant dressed an international clientele of the young and hip, creating her famous Chelsea look.

Quant's designs exemplified a shift in fashion's focus and inspiration to a younger consumer and was typified by simply styled tunics, short pleated skirts and bold mini dresses. Quant's fashion was particularly associated with Twiggy and was popularised in the fashion press throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Employing the same new hi-tech fabrics as Andre Courreges and Pierre Cardin, Quant revelled in the use of PVC, plastics and synthetics and expanded her merchandise into rainwear, patterned tights, cosmetics and accessories. Quant's reputation grew with her becoming a world-wide name and she was awarded an OBE in 1966.

The exhibition includes 22 outfits dating from the late 1950s to the early 1970s from the museum's own collection and includes loans from Leeds Museums and Galleries, the London College of Fashion and private collectors, Mark and Cleo Butterfield.

It's free to visit and runs until 5 November, hopefully I'll be able to make it up to Manchester to see it!

You can find out more here.



  1. Thank you! Enjoyed the article.

  2. Mary Quant's book Quant by Quant is her autobiography from 1966, when she was 30 years old. It is a terrific board and captures the excitement of the era. Highly recommended.


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