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“Fashion Is Not Frivolous; It Is Part Of Being Alive Today” Mary Quant.

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On 6th April 2019, the V&A will open the first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant.

The exhibition 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.

 Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London; and was a powerful role model for the working woman.

Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers encouraging a new age of feminism.  

The mini skirt would go on to become an icon of the time and spark a new creative scene in London and beyond.

Receiving unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, as well as drawingon the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest public collection of Quant garments in the world, the show will bring together over 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs