Mary Quant was a fashion designer, icon, and revolutionist. She was from England, and started her work in Europe but her styles traveled the world. Quant was bold, daring, and trendy. Her “works” were what the IT clothing was. And what many clothes, thereafter took inspiration from. Her beginning was humble, but she quickly became a hit, and worked for herself. Overview
Daughter of two school teachers, Jack and Mary Quant
Grew up in Blackheath, a part of Southern London
Finishing School After… Apprenticeship as a Couture Milliner Mary attended Goldsmiths College Diploma in Art Education Met her future partner, and husband- Alexander Plunkett-Green Creation of exclusive custom fitted clothing.
Bazaar* November 1955 Plunkett-Green (boyfriend) and friend, Archie McNair One of the first Boutiques on King’s Road in London Huge success, second store opened by 1957
Marriage In the same year their second store Mary Quant and Alexander Plunkett-Green wed.
Bazaar began with selected clothing for sale 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 She began hiring machinists to work for her and by 1966 was working with 18 different manufactures to produce her clothing Store and Mary are credited with the “Chelsea Look” and many iconic pieces of clothing from the British 60s era Bazaar
Clothing Best Sellers White plastic collars Stretch Stockings Mini-Skirt Sleeveless dresses “Skinny” sweaters Hot pants Others.. White, patent plastic knee-high boots Pinafore dresses Striped or ribbed sweaters
The Mini Skirt Mary brought the fashion of the min-skirt to a new level, often credited for creating it Affordable, so women everywhere wanted one Created boots, tights, and perfect tops for the skirt as well Youthful and iconic
Hot Pants 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.
Fashion Mary believed fashion was for everyone! Loved to experiment and take risks with her clothing, she often succeed with those risks Loved to be a part of every aspect of the business
70s,80s, 90s Mary focused on her cosmetics and household goods as well as decorations instead of just clothes 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” Continued working on clothing and settled back a bit. Claims to have invented the Duvet cover
The Mini Mary designed the interior of this car Almost named ‘Mini Quant’ Steering wheel had a daisy and a bonnet badge with “Mary Quant” Black and white striped seats, red seatbelts and red trimming 2000 were released in 1988 on the British market and later into the foreign market as well
Awards Fellow in the Chartered Society of Designers Minerva Medal ( highest society honor ) In 1966 - OBE 1990 – Hall of Fame Award
Today.. Mary is still alive and well. She just turned 77 years old in February. Is in charge of and still head of her fashion companies and oversees foreign overtakes of her lines. She is living without her husband after his passing, but remaining fashionable as ever.