British designer, Mary Quant
is recognised as an individual
who revolutionised women’s dress,
and marked a critical point in fashion history.
While experimenting with hemlines, in 1964 she introduced the
a garment which freed women from an archaic definition of
what was considered proper attire.
(image from galleryhip.com):
the face / the look of fashion 60s:
the model: Twiggy
the garment: the miniskirt
The miniskirt embodied the era from which it sprung:
an age of social and political activism-
a determined stance against the status quo.
(image from blogspot.stockton.edu):
(image from thethoughtsithink.wordpress.com):
The impact of the miniskirt
was not limited to the fashion community, but
sent shock waves through world at large.
To this day, it is a symbol of defiance.
(image from theguardian.com):
Woman protesting against miniskirt ban
and sexual harrasment in Ugando, East Africa, February 2014
(quote from walesonline.co.uk;
image from thetimes.co.uk):
Yet, originally there was an element of pure function to the design:
“I had myself in mind when I designed it.
I liked my skirts short
because I wanted to run
and catch the bus to get to work-
It was that feeling of freedom and liberation.”
designer, Mary Quant in 2010
The miniskirt has gained iconic status
and has remained fashion au courant
Miniskirts circa 2014
(image from halliedaily.com):
(image from just the design.com):
The miniskirt: here’s to another 50 years!