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Pair of ankle boots

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, Uk (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susannah Lob

  • Museum number:

    T.59:1, 2-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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, Uk (made)


1967 (made)


Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey


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 Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088.
The Museum's collection of shoes - like its larger twentieth-century dress collection - has been primarily of haute couture examples. It has been only in the past few years that the Museum has sought to expand its shoe collection - recent acquisitions have ranged from 1940s cowboy boots to 1990s Converse Allstars designs, each chosen for its significance in the changing history of fashion in the shoe industry.
Revivalism has been a major theme in the design of twentieth-century shoes. All five of these pairs of shoes demonstrate a nostalgia that is manifest in creating new styles from old. Platforms, although seen as a new style in the 1930s - and subsequently revived in the 1940s, 1970s, and 1990s - had their origins in the chopines of the sixteenth century. The use of synthetics has also become more common in the last century, motivated both by technological innovation and by the scarcity of leather during World War II. Today, synthetics are often seen as an ethical alternative to leather, and companies like Vegetarian Shoes have begun to manufacture design classics - like the "Doc Martens" boot - in brightly coloured polyester.


Exhibition History

The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion (V&A 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)
Revolutions 1966-1970 (Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 39, Exhibition Hall 10/09/2016-26/02/2017)
(Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 13/06/2015-31/01/2016)
Precious: Objects and Changing Values (The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 02/04/2001-24/06/2001)
Sixties Fashion (V&A 06/06/2006-25/02/2007)
A Grand Design - The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A 12/10/1999-16/01/2000)
The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (V&A 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

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 Susannah 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]


Polyvinyl chloride; Cotton jersey




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

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection code


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