Victoria and Albert Museum

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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.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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V&A Gallery of Fashion (Paperback)

V&A Gallery of Fashion (Paperback)

Spanning four centuries, the V&A's Fashion Collection is the most comprehensive in the world, housing unrivalled collections of dress, accessories…

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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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