Throwback Thursday: Mary Quant

Mod queen Mary Quant was a trailblazer.  Her signature lace up boots, plastic coats, and color block makeup came to define Mod style.  Throughout her prolific career, Mary created designs that were mimicked by many.

Mary was also a friend and muse of Vidal Sassoon.  They often collaborated, and Sassoon created some of her most interesting looks.  His geometric Bowl Cuts became a signature of the Mod movement.   As the great Sixties photographer Terence Donovan was later told Quant: ‘Of course, Vidal invented the way you look.’

The asymmetrical bowl cut.

The asymmetrical bowl cut.

Quant is also associated with popularizing the mini skirt.  She had been designing and selling her clothing in her London retail shop Bazaar, for some time.  She says the girls were asking for the skirts to be shorter and shorter, so she responded to their call.  By this time she had two boutiques, and had begun exporting to the US.  Mary even ventured into home goods and cosmetics at this time. 

Colorblocked Mod

Colorblocked Mod