Mary Quant, the Swing icon of the ’60s, who brought miniskirts and tights to fashion, has died at the age of 93.
Dame mary quant – the birth of the “miniskirt” to free women’s freedom
Dame Mary Quant – Queen of England’s 1960s Swing fashion, who brought pieces of pants and miniskirts to the world. The designer from London once famously declared: “There is no time to wait for the freedom of women”. Since then, she has started a fashion revolution to clear the girls of the 1950-1960 period from the dress code of the previous generation.
Mary Quant was a pioneer in taking miniskirts to the next level, making tight pants a staple in a woman’s wardrobe. Sleeveless dresses, Peter Pan collars, PVC raincoats, ribbed cardigans, tights, and color-blocking jumpsuits were also among her revolutionary designs. Through Mary Quant’s hands, the miniskirt was both practical and daring, a metaphor for a new regime.
The British designer is also the one who added pockets to dresses and skirts to help young girls not have to carry bags. Also pioneered the wearing of tights, instead of stockings, along with her signature miniskirts. Mary’s bold new designs and vibrant colors changed women’s clothing, defined the look of London, and blurred the gender boundaries of the time.
She is not a designer living in a majestic, splendid tower, sketching fantasy works on tulle. She is passionate about fashion with the belief that mini skirts and tights can change a girl’s life. In her 1966 autobiography, she described fashion as “a tool for competing for life outside the home”.
Her first store, Bazaar, opened in London in 1955. Out of the horrors of World War II, with her foresight, Dad knew the British capital was looking for a source of energy. new energy, free from the history and old way of life of the previous generation. She knew they needed a new wardrobe. It was also here that Bazaar became the center of “Swinging Chelsea” and the foundation for an international fashion empire.
With the free spirit of women that Mary Quant brought to fashion, she was the heir to Coco Chanel. Her contemporaries were the first generation of women to have access to the pill and with it the freedom to take control of their careers and lives. She is a powerful role model, with influence beyond fashion. The fashion world has just sadly bid farewell to a great designer with a lifelong dedication to art, but what she left will always be cherished forever.
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