Mary Quant, a figure of the Swinging Sixties, the cultural revolution of the 1960s in the United Kingdom, passed away on Thursday. According to some, the British designer with brown bangs popularized the miniskirt.It is however the subject of “discussions”, with some pointing to André Courrèges as the partner behind this iconic piece of women’s clothing. Some say that his haircut was stolen by the copious Wintour
With Britain emerging from post-war austerity, a concept store mixing fashion, art, music, and bar quickly became a meeting place for fashionable artists.There is a legend that the Beatles, Audrey Hepburn, and Brigitte Bardot met there.
As a result of its success, a second store opened in 1957. As a small anecdote, Terence Conran, the founder of Habitat, will redecorate the store in 1964.
With her marketing skills and avant-garde materials choice, the British designer expanded her offer by offering patterns to use for her own creations, PVC shoes or lycra lingerie. She even launched a cosmetics line in 1966, whose logo is a daisy.
A Japanese company purchased the Quant name in 2000 and continued to operate the Mary Quant makeup line. My life has capsized because of a seamstress,” sang Laurent Voulzy in 2001 in a ballad in tribute to the British designer who since 2015 had the title of ‘lady of the British Empire’.