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Pair of ankle boots

Pair of ankle boots

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (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 (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

Marks and inscriptions

Quant trademark daisy on the bottom of heel.

Dimensions

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.

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
1967
London
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]

Materials

Cotton jersey; Polyvinyl chloride

Techniques

Lined

Categories

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

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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