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Dress - O.B.E. Dress

O.B.E. Dress

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1966 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool jersey

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mary Quant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cream wool jersey dress with low waist and short slightly gathered skirt. High collar and bell shaped sleeves faced with blue topstitching, brass zippers at neck and cuffs.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)


1966 (designed)


Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Wool jersey

Object history note

An identical design was worn by Mary Quant to collect her OBE from Buckingham Palace in 1966 (Another version was no. 38 in the "Mary Quant's London" retrospective at the Museum of London, who now own the dress. As our dress was acquired in 1971 directly from Mary Quant via Cecil Beaton, the Museum of London dress might be one of the replicas made by Quant for her retrospective.)

Descriptive line

Dress of wool jersey, 'O. B. E. Dress', designed by Mary Quant, London, 1966

Exhibition History

Fashion: an anthology by Cecil Beaton (Victoria and Albert Museum 01/01/1972-31/12/1972)


Wool jersey


Fashion; Day wear; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection code


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