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Mary Quant at Victoria and Albert Museum

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Colourful raincoats on display at the V&A's Mary Quant exhibition. Image courtesy of the V&A.
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Take a behind-the-seams look at the career of one of Britain’s most iconic fashion designers. Read More


Be transported to the "Swinging Sixties" through more than 120 garments designed by Mary Quant in the first international retrospective of the designer’s career, at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Focusing on 1955 to 1975 – when the self-taught fashion designer used new mass production techniques to bring fashion to the high street – this ground-breaking exhibition also features accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs; the majority of which have never before been on display.  

Follow the start of Quant’s career, in Chelsea’s King's Road, as you discover iconic designs for miniskirts, colourful tights and tailored trousers that helped to inspire a new wave of feminism and make fashion more accessible. 

Highlights include yellow ankle boots made of polyvinyl chloride, a design for a cowl neck mini dress and a photo of 1960s icon Twiggy wearing Quant’s turquoise moire taffeta waistcoat and skirt.

Make sure to also look out for special activities related to the exhibition, from stitching and dressmaking workshops, to short courses.


Venue Details & Map

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, South Kensington
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington, Knightsbridge Train: Victoria. Follow the Museums tunnel from South Kensington Underground.

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