Mary Quant

Born in London in 1934 Quant studied illustration before working as an apprentice milliner and then switching to fashion design. She opened her first boutique, Bazaar, on King's Road in 1955. It was co-founded with her future husband, Alexander Plunket Greene. With its low prices and vibrant, modern designs, the shop signalled a new era in accessible fashion. Famed for popularising, if not inventing, the mini skirt, her designs were made up of simple shapes and strong colours

Mary Quant
Mary Quant

Photographed by Terence Donovan, 18 July 1963

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Mary Quant with her husband
Mary Quant with her husband

Photographed by John Cowan with her husband, Alexander Plunket Greene, outside her shop, 'Bazaar', 1961

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

With rolls of her ICI fabrics, photographed by Camera Press, 1975

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

On her new Raleigh RSW.16 mini-bike, with Peter Seales of Raleigh, 1966

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

Photographed by Vic Singh, 1961

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aMary Quant and 'Lord John'
aMary Quant and 'Lord John'

With Lord John of Carnaby St at London Airport before flying to Rome to open 'Mod' shops, 9 March 1967

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Mary Quant being interviewed
Mary Quant being interviewed

1973

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Mary Quant at work
Mary Quant at work

In her flat in Draycott Place, Chelsea, London. Photographed by Keystone Press, 1965

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Mary Quant and the model Baba
Mary Quant and the model Baba

Baba is wearing an item from the Ginger Collection, 16 October 1969

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

Photographed by Vic Singh, 1961

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Quant, Agnes Russell and Hy Hazel
Quant, Agnes Russell and Hy Hazel

At the 9th Annual Women of the Year luncheon at Savoy Hotel, 10 October 1963

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Mary Quant with her OBE
Mary Quant with her OBE

After receiving it from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, 19 November 1966

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

With knitting pattern designers and company employees including Archie McNair (far left), Tom Tottman (far right), Mikki Katz, Fitter Pura, Garces Nodek, Jill Stinchcombe, Joan Zimbler, Anne Cossins, George Kersen,Annabel Mackay and Robert Peel. November 1963

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Mary Quant with Alexander
Mary Quant with Alexander

With her husband at London Airport before flying to NY to present her designs, 17 September 1964

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Mary Quant, Alexander and their son
Mary Quant, Alexander and their son

Mary Quant and Alexander Plunket Greene with their baby Orlando in front of painting by Allen Jones titled 'Ooh La La', photographed by John Hedgecoe, 1971

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Mary Quant
Mary Quant

Photographed as part of 'The 'Way Out' World of Mary Quant' series, 1963

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