Friday, August 24, 2007
Q is for Mary Quant
All hail Mary Quant, the innovative British designer of the 1960's who brought mini-skirts and hot-pants into mainstream popularity. Quant designed the mini-skirt after noticing a need for shorter hemlines so that swinging gals could run for the bus without feeling restricted. The look encouraged freedom and style and was named the Mini in reference to Mary's favorite brand of car. The emergence of the hot-pant marks Quant's final large scale fashion contribution after which designer moved on to front a successful cosmetics company. What an enterprising woman Mary Quant proved to be, putting trends in place that would live long and fashionable lives.