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V&A Will Host Mary Quant Exhibition to Showcase 1960s Lost Designs

V&A Will Host Mary Quant Exhibition to Showcase 1960s Lost Designs
Mary Quant and models at the Quant Afoot footwear collection launch, 1967
(© PA Prints 2008)

The international retrospective exhibition of the 1960s fashion goddess Mary Quant who got miniskirts into mainstream will be curated at the V&A the very first time in almost 50 years.

The show has been slated to be unveiled in April of 2019 and the exhibition is set to explore the lost designs and dig out the fashion mania of the 1960s, exploring the trend of years between 1955 and 1975. The Welsh designer and fashion icon of the Brit Mod and youth fashion movements injected the free spirit of the polka-dotted attitude into Brit high street with her subversive and graphic designs. Her designs were especially popular for embracing femininity in all its different forms and styles, freeing women from the ghost of the Victorian past in fashion. [Vogue]

The show, dedicated to Mary Quant, will accumulate more than 200 objects for public display, most of which have never been out — all for the sake of understanding the Quant way of freedom in fashion. She was awarded an OBE in 1966 for her contribution in democratizing fashion and inspiring the young generation. [Creative Boom]

V&A urges public to scout through their cupboards and attics to dig out Quant clothes which they never could throw away and click a photo to submit or even an old photograph or a film wearing those clothes would do perfectly fine. They could send all the images through email (maryquant@vam.ac.uk) or social media (#WeWantQuant). [The Guardian]

The V&A curator Jenny Lister already has the most elaborate archive of Quant’s clothes and costumes but she is looking forward for more of them.

The Guardian quotes V&A curator Jenny Lister: “Known for establishing high street fashion, inventing hot pants and popularizing the miniskirt, she freed women from rules and regulations and from dressing like their mothers. This long-overdue exhibition will show how Mary made high fashion affordable for working women, and how her youthful, revolutionary clothes, inspired by London, made British streetstyle the global influence it remains today.”

Yet, for Quant she didn’t even realize she was making history.

Creative Boom quotes Mary Quant: “It was a wonderfully exciting time and despite the frenetic hard work we had enormous fun. We didn’t necessarily realize that what we were creating was pioneering, we were simply too busy relishing all the opportunities and embracing the results before rushing on to the next challenge. Friends have been extremely generous in loaning and, in many cases, donating garments and accessories to the V&A which they have lovingly cherished for many years, so it will be fascinating to see what else will emerge.”


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