Miniskirt and PVC pioneer Mary Quant dies at 93
Mary Quant, fashion queen of Britain’s Swinging Sixties and the person who popularised miniskirts died on Thursday, April 13 at age 93. Her family announced this.
The family released a statement stating that she “died peacefully in the morning at home in Surrey (UK).”
According to a statement, she was “one the most internationally recognized fashion designer of the 20th Century and an outstanding inventor”.
Quant will be remembered for being one of the most innovative designers to have ever lived in British history.
She revolutionized women’s clothing forever with her vision for chic, comfortable clothes that were also practical.
Miniskirts, shift dresses, and PVC are three fashion staples that Dame Mary Quant gets credit for.
Quant is known for her designs as well as her iconic bob haircut. She also designed hot pants, a thin rib sweater, and waterproof mascara.
She was a self-taught fashion designer who learned to sew in evening classes. She would create clothes which she would then sell at Bazaar in Chelsea’s King’s Road, the boutique she founded in Markham House in 1955.
She’d take the money she made from a day on the shop floor and use it to produce new lines that would be made overnight and stocked the next day.
Her aesthetic was influenced by the dancers and musicians who hung around in London’s Chelsea in the late 1950s.
She wanted those who wore her clothes to feel relaxed in them. Rather than outfits for big occasions, her clothes were designed for everyday life.