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Mary Quant opened Bazaar, a boutique on the King's Road, in 1955 at a time when 'fashion wasn't designed for young people'. Quant was influenced by Chelsea beatniks and dance outfits she remembered from childhood. Famed for popularising, if not inventing, the mini skirt, her clothes were made up of simple shapes combined with strong colours. By 1963 her success led to the opening of a second branch of Bazaar in Knightsbridge. She later launched the Ginger Group, a lower priced line designed to appeal to an even wider clientele.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

5 April - 27 July 2014. The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 is a comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to Italy's reputation for quality and style.

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Quant by Quant: The Autobiography of Mary Quant

Quant by Quant: The Autobiography of Mary Quant

Originally published in 1966, Quant by Quant is the hugely entertaining story of Mary Quant’s early career and life with husband and busines…

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Event - Mary McCartney: Photographer

Fri 14 November 2014 19:00

Internationally renowned photographer Mary McCartney's work has focused on capturing those rare moments of unguarded, emotionally charged intimacy that offer us a new insight into her subjects.

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