Mary Quant Dress - 1960s

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Dress made of orange and of white wool jersey, designed by Mary Quant in 1966.

The white band at the bottom of the dress is sewn on by hand, suggesting it was made shorter than originally intended.Mary Quant opened her first shop 'Bazaar' on the King's Road in London's Chelsea in 1955. Her clothes were not cheap but their design reflected the rise of youth culture and the desire for unfussy, easy-to-wear garments. Mary Quant is often said to have invented the mini-skirt, but like a few other designers she did not so much invent it but rather interpreted the mood of the times and turned it into fashion.

Skirts started to creep up from the late 1950s and were at their shortest in around 1967, one year after this dress was made. The white band at the bottom is sewn on by hand which suggests that the dress was made even shorter than originally designed. On a paper label attached to the dress 'Peggy' is written in pencil, which could have been the name of the dress.

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