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Ensemble (mini dress, shorts, cap & shoes)
  • Ensemble (mini dress, shorts, cap & shoes)
    Quant, Mary, born 1934
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Ensemble (mini dress, shorts, cap & shoes)

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (designed)
    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Unbleached calico and broderie anglaise

  • Museum number:

    T.112&A-D-1976

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Mary Quant was a regular visitor to the V&A's Fashion Collection. She was particularly excited by children's clothes and Edwardian underwear. This calico shorts outfit, complete with mob cap, mixes nostalgia with modernity. It is an example of the brief late 1960s fashion for outfits which resembled baby clothes. This took the idea of looking young to extremes.

The designer wrote 'There was a time when every girl under twenty yearned to look like an experienced, sophisticated thirty...All this is in reverse with a vengeance now. Suddenly every girl with a hope of getting away with it is aiming not only to look under voting age but under the age of consent.' Quant on Quant, 1966.

Physical description

Unbleached calico ensemble trimmed with broderie anglaise. Mob-cap, micro-mini smock dress, and shorts.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1967 (designed)
1973 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Unbleached calico and broderie anglaise

Descriptive line

Ensemble. 1967. Unbleached calico smock, shorts, mob-cap and shoes by Quant, Mary. London.

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

De la Haye, Amy (ed.). The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947- 1997. London, England: V&A Publications, 1997.

Labels and date

Mary Quant was a regular visitor to the V&A's Dress Collection and was particularly excited by children's clothes and Edwardian underwear. This hot pants outfit, complete with mob cap, mixes nostalgia (suggesting Kate Greenaway's romanticised illustrations of children) with modernity. [1997]

Production Note

Remade 1973

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Unbleached calico; Broderie anglaise

Categories

Fashion; Day wear; Clothing; Hats & headwear; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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