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Dress

1967 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

The fluid cut, pliable jersey fabric and functional front zip of this 'skater' dress suggest the speed and grace of the ice-rink. Mary Quant designed informal, functional clothes for the emancipated woman. She said, 'I want free-flowing, feminine lines that compliment a woman's shape... relaxed clothes, suited to the actions of normal life'.
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Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Wool jersey
Brief description
Dress of wool jersey, designed by Mary Quant, London, 1967.
Physical description
Dark pink wool jersey 'skater' dress with zip front and pleated skirt.
Dimensions
  • Height: 12.5cm
  • Diameter: 25cm
  • Weight: 0.1kg
Measured for the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries
Style
Gallery label
[Mary Quant exhibition, 2019] JERSEY DRESSES 1967 Quant played with the jersey dress format, designing multiple options: round or high collars, with zips or buttons, pocket logos, different sleeves and skirts, and even hoods. With her brightly- coloured wool berets, matching tights and even shoes, Quant customers could recreate the complete look. Peter Pan collar dress Bonded wool jersey Labelled ‘Mary Quant’ Made in the Mary Quant sample workroom, London (probably) Given by Mary Quant Ltd V&A: T.353-1974(30/03/2020)
Credit line
Given by Mary Quant
Summary
The fluid cut, pliable jersey fabric and functional front zip of this 'skater' dress suggest the speed and grace of the ice-rink. Mary Quant designed informal, functional clothes for the emancipated woman. She said, 'I want free-flowing, feminine lines that compliment a woman's shape... relaxed clothes, suited to the actions of normal life'.
Bibliographic reference
Fashion : An Anthology by Cecil Beaton. London : H.M.S.O., 1971
Collection
Accession number
T.353-1974

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Record createdMarch 15, 2006
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