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

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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