Mary Quant was a fashion designer, icon, and revolutionist. <br />She was from England, and started her work in Europe but her styles traveled the world.<br />Quant was bold, daring, and trendy. Her “works” were what the IT clothing was. And what many clothes, thereafter took inspiration from.<br />Her beginning was humble, but she quickly became a hit, and worked for herself. <br />Overview<br />
<ul><li>Daughter of two school teachers, Jack and Mary Quant
Grew up in Blackheath, a part of Southern London</li></ul>Young Mary,<br />
Finishing School <br />After…<br />Apprenticeship as a Couture Milliner<br />Mary attended Goldsmiths College <br />Diploma in Art Education<br />Met her future partner, and husband- Alexander Plunkett-Green<br />Creation of exclusive custom fitted clothing.<br />
Bazaar*<br />November 1955<br />Plunkett-Green (boyfriend) and friend, Archie McNair<br />One of the first Boutiques on King’s Road in London<br />Huge success, second store opened by 1957<br />
Marriage<br />In the same year their second store Mary Quant and Alexander Plunkett-Green wed.<br />
Bazaar began with selected clothing for sale<br />Mary began making clothes for the store, but by the time it was too big to manage she had to go wholesale, but did not stop making clothes regardless<br />She began hiring machinists to work for her and by 1966 was working with 18 different manufactures to produce her clothing<br />Store and Mary are credited with the “Chelsea Look” and many iconic pieces of clothing from the British 60s era<br />Bazaar<br />
The Mini Skirt<br />Mary brought the fashion of the min-skirt to a new level, often credited for creating it<br />Affordable, so women everywhere wanted one<br />Created boots, tights, and perfect tops for the skirt as well<br />Youthful and iconic <br />
Hot Pants<br />The hot pants were high waisted shorts often paired with boots and a mini vest. They showed off much of the woman's leg a significant amount. <br />
Fashion<br />Mary believed fashion was for everyone!<br />Loved to experiment and take risks with her clothing, she often succeed with those risks<br />Loved to be a part of every aspect of the business<br />
70s,80s, 90s<br />Mary focused on her cosmetics and household goods as well as decorations instead of just clothes<br />She invented Mary Quant Ltd, a cosmetic line that is still available but now owned under a Japanese company as of 2007 “Mary Quant Color”<br />Continued working on clothing and settled back a bit. Claims to have invented the Duvet cover <br />
The Mini<br />Mary designed the interior of this car<br />Almost named ‘Mini Quant’<br />Steering wheel had a daisy and a bonnet badge with “Mary Quant”<br />Black and white striped seats, red seatbelts and red trimming<br />2000 were released in 1988 on the British market and later into the foreign market as well<br />
Awards<br />Fellow in the Chartered Society of Designers<br />Minerva Medal ( highest society honor )<br />In 1966 - OBE <br />1990 – Hall of Fame Award<br />
Today..<br />Mary is still alive and well. <br />She just turned 77 years old in February.<br />Is in charge of and still head of her fashion companies and oversees foreign overtakes of her lines. <br />She is living without her husband after his passing, but remaining fashionable as ever.<br />
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