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

  • Place of origin:

    London (retailed)

  • Date:

    1958 (designed)
    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mary Quant

  • Museum number:

    T.103 to C-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mary Quant’s boutique, Bazaar, opened in London's King's Road in 1955, and epitomised the look worn by the 'Chelsea Set'. Inspired by the informal clothes worn by artists, dancers and musicians, Bazaar sold an eclectic mix of women's clothes, accessories and costume jewellery. The clothes were decidedly modern. ‘I want relaxed clothes,’ said Quant, ‘suited to the actions of normal life’.

Some of Mary Quant’s early designs combined historical garments and traditional men’s suitings, such as pin stripes and grey flannel, in playful and subversive ways. In this design she re-works knickerbockers taken from Victorian underwear into a quirky daytime ensemble.

Place of Origin

London (retailed)


1958 (designed)
1973 (made)


Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)

Marks and inscriptions

Woven label in each garment

Object history note

No 7 in the London Museum Mary Quant exhibition, 1974. Re-made in 1973 for this exhibition, to the 1958 design.

Descriptive line

Ensemble of dress, knickerbockers, belt and hat, designed by Mary Quant, London, 1958.

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

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

Production Note

Remade in 1973 for Museum of London retrospective


Fashion; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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