Mary Quant at the Victoria and Albert Museum

6 April 2019–19 February 2020 | London

T his very first international retrospective of Mary Quant will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, showcasing more than 120 garments and never before seen designs – among them, colourful tights, hot pants, and tailored trousers, for which she is so well known. Sketches, photographs, cosmetics, and accessories will complement the sartorial offerings, giving insight into the rich career of the woman who changed the way the world looked, and whose rule-breaking fashion and subversive designs freed women and defined youth culture in the swinging 60s.

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Mary Quant (foreground), with models showing her new shoe creations. PA/PA Archive/PA Images

The exhibition will not only revel in Quant’s innovative and playful style but also highlight the personal relationships between individuals and their Quant clothing, showcasing rare examples of her pioneering designs loaned from members of the public.

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The Mary Quant Beauty bus, 1971. © INTERFOTO Alamy Stock Photo Alamy Stock Photo

The show will give visitors an unprecedented look at Mary Quant’s life and work, tracking the evolution of her rising hemlines, whilst remaining in awe of her most celebrated design; the infamous mini-skirt.

Mary Quant is on view at the V&A, London, through 19 February 2020.

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