Pair of Ankle Boots

1967 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Boot
  • Boot
Materials and Techniques
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey
Brief Description
Pair of women's PVC ankle boots with a cotton jersey lining, designed by Mary Quant, Great Britain, 1967
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.
Dimensions
  • Length: 27.5cm
  • Height: 11cm
Production typeReady to wear
Marks and Inscriptions
(Quant trademark daisy on the bottom of heel.)
Gallery Label
  • 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 1967 London 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)
Credit line
Given by Susanna Lob
Object history
Registered File number 1992/72.
Summary
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.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.59:1, 2-1992

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record createdOctober 1, 2003
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