Surveying the career of the designer who dressed the young and hip of the 1960s and 70s.

The most sought after female fashion designer working in London in the 1960s, Mary Quant was at the forefront of the 'fashion renaissance' that took place during this transformative era.

Her simply-styled tunics, short pleated skirts and bold mini dresses, popularised by the likes of Twiggy, were described as the 'Chelsea look'.

Quant appealed to a young, style-conscious consumer by making use of PVC, plastics and synthetics and expanding her range to include rainwear, patterned tights, cosmetics and accessories.

She said: 'The clothes I made happened to fit in exactly with the teenage trend, with the pop records and express bars and jazz clubs'.

This display includes 22 of her most iconic designs, created between the 1950s and 70s.

Gallery of Costume

Platt Hall, Rusholme, MANCHESTER, Greater Manchester, M14 5LL

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