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Ensemble (Mini Dress, Shorts, Cap & Shoes)

1967 (designed), 1973 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 5 parts.

  • Dress
  • Shorts
  • Hat
  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Unbleached calico and broderie anglaise
Brief Description
Ensemble. 1967. Unbleached calico smock, shorts, mob-cap and shoes by Quant, Mary. London.
Physical Description
Unbleached calico ensemble trimmed with broderie anglaise. Mob-cap, micro-mini smock dress, and shorts.
Production typeReady to wear
Gallery Label
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
Remade 1973



Reason For Production: Retail
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • De la Haye, Amy (ed.). The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947- 1997. London, England: V&A Publications, 1997.
  • Carter, Ernestine. Mary Quant's London, London Museum, 197346
Collection
Accession Number
T.112&A-D-1976

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record createdOctober 1, 2003
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