Dame Mary Quant has died aged 93. Born in London on February 11, 1930, the fashionista rose to fame for her mini skirt and hotpant design trailblazing in the 1960s.
She was also a Mod fashion icon from the Swinging Sixties, one stating she “didn’t have time to wait for women’s lib” and pioneered raising hemlines. Quant wore her hair in her staple bob, designed by her friend Vidal Sassoon. She studied Illustration at Goldsmiths university, where she met her husband, Alexander Plunket Greene.
During this time she ran her own shop, called Bazaar, where she sold her daring designs including coloured tights and jumpsuits. Her shop was located on the infamous Kings Road. Quant’s designs took the world by storm when she partnered with the world’s first supermodel, Twiggy.
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During her retirement, Quant chose to spend the rest of her years in the rolling hills of Surrey, near Guildford. A statement released on behalf of her family to PA Agency said: “Dame Mary Quant died peacefully at home in Surrey, UK, this morning (Thursday, April 13).
“Dame Mary, aged 93, was one of the most internationally recognised fashion designers of the 20th century and an outstanding innovator of the Swinging Sixties. She opened her first shop Bazaar in the Kings Road in 1955 and her far sighted and creative talents quickly established a unique contribution to British fashion.”
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