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Inventive, opinionated and commercially-minded, Mary Quant was the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. A design and retail pioneer, she popularized super-high hemlines and other irreverent looks that were critical to the development of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ scene in the UK.

The V&A will bring together over 200 objects for the exhibition, the majority of which have never been on public display, and delve into the details of how Quant, who was awarded an OBE in 1966, democratized fashion and inspired a young generation. Mary Quant will span the years 1955 – 1975 to explore how Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street and around the world with her playful designs, from hot pants and miniskirts to vibrant tights and makeup.


Free to Members of the AFV&A and V&A (£12 for non-members)

Saturday-Thursday: 10.00-17.30

Friday: 10.00-21.45


Image: Mary Quant and models at the Quant Afoot footwear collection launch, 1967. © PA Prints 2008.