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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

miniskirt

a garment which freed women from an archaic definition of

what was considered proper attire.

(image from galleryhip.com):

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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):

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(image from thethoughtsithink.wordpress.com):

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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):

'Mini-skirt ban' protest in Kampala, Uganda.

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.”

mary quant 76 in 2010 times.co.uk

designer, Mary Quant in 2010

The miniskirt has gained iconic status

and has remained fashion au courant

Miniskirts circa 2014

(image from halliedaily.com):

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(image from just the design.com):

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The miniskirt:  here’s to another 50 years!