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Mini-dress

Mini-dress

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1930 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool jersey

  • Museum number:

    T.86-1982

  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, Room 40, case M1

Mary Quant's mini-dresses for her 'Ginger Group' label epitomise the 1960s fashion revolution. This jersey shift dress is like a sweater grown to dress length, and a version was modelled by Twiggy in a Vogue 'Young Idea' fashion spread in April 1966. With the hem well above the knee it was ideally suited to her boyish figure.

The dress was donated as unsold stock from a smart boutique called 'Merlyn', in London's East End, reputedly patronised by gangsters and their girlfriends.

Physical description

Pink wool jersey mini-dress with cream trim and pocket detail.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1966 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1930 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wool jersey

Marks and inscriptions

'MADE IN ENGLAND / MARY QUANT'S ginger GROUP (R)'
Woven label

Descriptive line

Wool jersey mini-dress, made by Mary Quant, London, 1966.

Materials

Wool jersey

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Day wear; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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