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Ensemble (dress, jumper & hat)

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1965 (designed)
    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (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)

Date

1965 (designed)
1973 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)
Chelsea Girl (maker)

Descriptive line

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

Production Note

Remade 1973

Categories

Fashion; Clothing; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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