Saturday, 6 April 2013

1966, Fashion: Mary Quant receives OBE

In 1966 Mary Quant receives the O.B.E. (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to the fashion industry. She went to receive this honour from the Queen dressed in a mini-skirt.

Mary Quant is immortalised by the fashion world as the originator of the mini skirt. The London designer Mary Quant has an art-school background and has been designing and manufacturing her own clothes since the late 1950s. Convinced that fashion needs to be affordable and accessible to the young, she opens - aged 21 - her own retail boutique, “Bazaar”, on the Kings Road in 1955, introducing the 'mod' era and the 'Chelsea Look.'
Mary Quant with O.B.E.
Mary Quant Designs

Mary Quant for J.C. Penney (1966)
Mary Quant for J.C. Penney (1966)
Mary Quant boots
Mary Quant shoes
Patti Boyd (and The Rolling Stones) in a Mary Quant dress
Jean Shrimpton in a Mary Quant dress
Mary Quant fashion in 1966 (British Pathe)

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