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Pair of ankle boots

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susanna Lob

  • Museum number:

    T.59:1, 2-1992

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

Plastic was one of the new materials used by trendsetting designers in the 1960s. These boots were produced for Mary Quant's footwear range, 'Quant Afoot', introduced in 1967. They are made from clear plastic over a coloured lining, and resemble the Chelsea boots with square heels and toes worn by the Beatles during the mid-1960s. The heels are moulded with Mary Quant's signature daisy motif. The wearer would leave a trail of daisy footprints behind her after walking through a puddle.

Physical description

Pair of women's yellow polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ankle boots with a cotton jersey lining. Quant trademark daisy on the bottom of the heel.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1967 (made)


Quant, Mary, born 1930 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

Marks and inscriptions

Quant trademark daisy on the bottom of heel.


Length: 27.5 cm, Height: 11 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/72.

Descriptive line

Pair of women's PVC ankle boots with a cotton jersey lining, designed by Mary Quant, Great Britain, 1967

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

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.
Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
A Trial of Daisies
Mary Quant revolutionised teenage fashion with her clothing and footwear in pop art colours and plastics. These boots of clear PVC over a coloured lining have her daisy logo moulded into the heel. The wearer would have left a trail of daisies when walking through muddy puddles. Quant’s look encapsulated the Carnaby Street style of swinging ’60s London.
Ankle boots
Mary Quant
PVC, cotton and metal
Given by Susanna Lob
V&A: T.59:1, 2-1992 [2015-2016]
Mary Quant revolutionised teenage fashion with lively designs and the use of unconventional materials such as plastics. The dyed cotton jersey used in these streamlined, clear plastic boots served to absorb perspiration and provide colour. [1997]


Cotton jersey; Polyvinyl chloride




Women's clothes; Fashion; Footwear; Accessories; Plastic; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Ready to wear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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