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Ensemble (dress, jumper & hat)
  • Ensemble (dress, jumper & hat)
    Quant, Mary, born 1930
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Ensemble (dress, jumper & hat)

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (designed)
    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)
    Chelsea Girl (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mary Quant

  • Museum number:

    T.110 to B-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This outfit, with its belt adapted to become a halter-neck fastening, is a good example of Mary Quant's practical ingenuity and surreal vision. It combines school uniform, beatnik bohemianism and futuristic chic - all elements of Quant's creative repertoire.

It was designed in 1965, the year Mary Quant published her autobiography, Quant by Quant . In this book, Quant recalls how she discovered the skinny rib jumper by trying an eight-year-old boy's sweater for fun, and in six months 'all the birds' were wearing them.

Physical description

Mini-dress with hat and jumper.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1965 (designed)
1973 (made)


Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)
Chelsea Girl (maker)

Descriptive line

Mary Quant hessian dress with matching hat and black polo-necked jumper, London, 1965.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Carter, Ernestine. Mary Quant's London, London Museum, 1973

Production Note

Remade 1973


Fashion; Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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