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Design

  • Date:

    1961-1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

  • Museum number:

    E.250-2013

  • Gallery location:

    Temporary Exhibition, Room 40, case SC12

Mary Quant, best known for popularising the mini-skirt, was a hit among young aspiring fashionistas of the 1960’s. Her store, Bazaar, opened in 1955 in London and quickly became popular for the ‘Chelsea set’, which was a group of young artists, film directors and socialites. It became a focal point for 1960’s young adult fashion because it provided a place for young people, who no longer wanted to dress like their parents, to purchase clothing that matched their urban lifestyle. Innovative designs featuring fun colourful clothing, like skinny-rib sweaters and pinafore dresses, were catered for customers’ demands. Mini-skirts and the mini-dresses with coloured tights were the most appealing for the female consumer.

Physical description

Fashion design for a sleeveless dress with buttons down the front. Sample of textile attached with design. Name, address, and company inscribed on paper

Date

1961-1965 (made)

Artist/maker

Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

Marks and inscriptions

'Stampede'

75% Linen/25% Terylene interlined with lightweight Vilene. Buttons are brass/gold. Available in white, navy, black and brass (a small cutting of brass attached). A 'top-super' dress! Retail price 18 1/2 gns.

Dimensions

Length: 29.7 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Design for 'Stampede' dress by Mary Quant, c.1961-5

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

Blackman, Cally. 100 Years of Fashion Illustration. London: Laurence King, 2007.

Materials

Pen and ink; Transfer paper; Pencil

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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