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Design

Design

  • Date:

    1961-1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

  • Museum number:

    E.255-2013

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

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 striped dress with a trimmed crossover bodice. Vertical stripes run on the bodice while the gathered skirt and wide sash feature horizontal stripes. Name, address, and company inscribed on paper.

Date

1961-1965 (made)

Artist/maker

Mary Quant, born 1930 (designer)

Marks and inscriptions

'Georgie'
Striped cotton dress with frill trimmed crossover bodice. Stripes are vertical on the bodice and horizontal on the gathered skirt and wide sash. Colours - black with orange stripes and navy with red stripes. Lined with cotton batiste. Retail Price 12 1/2 gns.

'Rosie'
Same style in chiffon lined with taffeta. Available in black, pink and jade. Retail price 22 gns.

Dimensions

Length: 29.8 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Design for 'Georgie' and 'Rosie' 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

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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