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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.

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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 business pa…

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Event - Lunchtime Lecture. Mary Schoeser, Spitalfields' Silks and the Huguenots

Wed 10 June 2015 13:00–13:45

LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Join Mary Schoeser, Author and Independent Scholar for this lunchtime lecture which charts the impact of Huguenots in Spitalfields and East Anglia from the 1670s until about 1835.

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