Mary Quant Designer Information

Mary Quant's designs represents colourful and youthful looks, with a touch of witt...

Mary Quant a Fashion Icon

Mary Quant is Welsh fashion designer who became a British fashion icon.

Early Life

• Barbara Mary Quant was born on 11 February 1934 in Blackheath, London.
• Quant attended Blackheath High School, then later studied illustration at Goldsmiths College.
• She obtained her Diploma in Art Education from Goldsmiths, and thereafter she did an apprenticeship at Erik, which was an high-end Mayfair milliner on Brook street.
• In 1953, she met her husband and business partner Alexander Plunket Greene. They got married in 1957.


• In 1955, Mary Quant and Plunket Greene join ventures with photographer and for advocate, Archie McNair, to open Quant’s first store on King’s Road in London. The store was named Bazaar.
• In 1957, the second Bazaar store was opened and was designed by Terence Conran.
• Popular Fashion designs from her at this time included small white plastic collars to brighten up sweater and dresses, bright stockings in colours that matched to her Knitwear, men’s cardigans made long enough to wear as dresses and a pair of lounging pyjamas made by Quant which were featured in the magazine Harper’s Bazaar.
• Following this, Quant decided she would design and make more of the clothes that she stocked.
• Initially, Quant was working solo, but with her success rate increasing by 1996 she was working with 18 manufactures.
• From 1950-1960, Mary Quant was one of two high-end London-based designers making clothes for young people.
• During this period Mary Quant designed one of her defining fashions, the miniskirt. The miniskirt is most widely associated today with Quant, though many challenge she was the original inventor.
• In addition to the miniskirt she also popularized hot pants and became a British fashion icon.
• In 1963, she was the first ever recipient of the Dress of the Year award.
• In 1966, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for exceptional role in the fashion industry.
• In the 1970’s, Quant focused her attention on household goods and make-up, rather than just her clothing lines. To this day she claims she’s the inventor of the duvet.
• In 1988, Quant designed the interior of the Mini. The car was originally named Mini Quant but was late changed to just Mini, due to the popularity charts being against having Quants name on the car.
• In 1990, she was awarded the Hall of Fame Award of the British Fashion Council.
• In 2000, she resigned as director of Mary Quant Ltd., her cosmetics company.


Mary Quant’s style trademark with any doubt is the miniskirt, though many challenge this, in the fashion industry her name will always be associated with it. In addition to this is also known for popularizing the hot pants, which made her British fashion royalty. Overall her she is known for designing youthful clothing and being inspired by them.

Present Day

• Today is she the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Fashion Empire.
• There over 200 Mary Quant Colour shops in Japan, this is where the brand is most loved today.
• Mary Quant designs continues to be enjoyed and inspire many young designer, and this old time designer still remains youthful in today’s world.

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