The V&A’s Next Major Fashion Exhibition Is All About Mary Quant And 60s Mini Skirts


Because the much-anticipated Frida Kahlo exhibition attracts ever nearer, the V&A Museum have introduced their subsequent main trend showcase, and it is a good’un.

With earlier exhibits displaying all the things from the costumes of David Bowie and Alexander McQueen’s legendary trend meets artwork items, to well-known wedding ceremony clothes all through the ages and analyzing the position footwear have performed in offering pleasure and ache all around the world, the V&A is notorious for its dedication to trend historical past.

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And their subsequent main trend exhibition is not set to disappoint both. Merely titled, Mary Quant, the museum’s newest blockbuster trend spectacle will likely be an ode to the legendary 1960s designer.

Mary Quant Exhibition

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The primary worldwide retrospective of the revolutionary designer in practically 50 years, Mary Quant will likely be a celebration of the swinging sixties designer usually credited with instigating the ‘youthquake’ motion and extra notably, popularising the decade-defining mini skirt.

Along with having unprecedented entry to Mary Quant’s archive together with over 200 acquired items, the V&A are additionally aiming to show authentic designs purchased by ladies within the 1960s. They usually’ve taken to social media to get the phrase on the market. Curator Jenny Lister issued a nationwide callout utilizing the hashtag #WeWantQuant and releasing the next assertion:

‘We wish to hear from ladies who wore Mary’s radical designs and skilled the enchantment of the Mary Quant model at first-hand. To assist us inform these unbelievable tales, we’re asking folks to verify attics, cabinets, in addition to household picture albums, for the possibility to characteristic in our exhibition.’

Mary Quant Exhibition

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So, in the event you’re fortunate sufficient to personal an authentic mod mini skirt or an iconic Quant PVC raincoat, that is your likelihood to be a part of trend historical past.

Talking on the retrospective of her work, Quant mentioned, ‘The V&A is such a valuable and iconic organisation for which I’ve the utmost admiration and respect, and it’s a big honour to be recognised by them with this devoted exhibition and ebook.

‘It was a splendidly thrilling time and regardless of the frenetic, arduous work we had monumental enjoyable. We didn’t essentially realise that what we had been creating was pioneering, we had been just too busy relishing all of the alternatives and embracing the outcomes earlier than speeding on to the following problem!

Mary Quant Exhibition

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‘Pals have been extraordinarily beneficiant in loaning, and in lots of instances, donating clothes and equipment to the V&A which they’ve lovingly cherished for a few years, so it will likely be fascinating to see what else will emerge! I’m enormously grateful to have been concerned with so many gifted folks whose contribution to that ground-breaking, revolutionary and memorable period may also be recognised.’

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Mary Quant Exhibition

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Alas, the exhibition will not open till April 2019, however in the interim you may discover us sporting go-go boots and vinyl trench coats Quant-style.

Mary Quant runs on the Victoria & Albert Museum from sixth April 2019 – eighth March 2020. Tickets will go on sale in Autumn 2018

Mary Quant Exhibition

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