Mary Quant

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Mary Quant always wanted to be a fashion designer.

She told the BBC she once, when she was 6 or 7, got in trouble for having cut up her bedsheets to make new clothes.

She went to art school, met her husband, and together they planned to open a shop in London that would sell very short skirts, stretchy tights, and tunic dresses.

In 1955, they opened Bazaar in Chelsea.

“People call things vulgar when they are new to them. When they have become old they become good taste.  The manufacturers who make my clothes and the people with financial interests in things I design never like anything when I first show it to them.

But the critical people, the people who understand fashion, they jump at the new thing, they’re excited”.


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