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Mini Skirt Short History

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Mini Skirt Short History
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Did you know fashion designer Mary Quant is credited with creating the mini skirt in 1955? The miniskirt is widely associated with Mary Quant, who had a boutique, Bazaar, in Kings Road, Chelsea, London. In the late 1950s Quant began experimenting with shorter skirts, culminating in the creation of the miniskirt in 1964—one of the defining fashions of the decade. Quant reportedly named the miniskirt after her favourite make of car, the Mini. However, the claim that Quant created the miniskirt has been challenged by others, such as Marit Allen, the contemporary editor of British Vogue’s Young Ideas spread. Allen insisted that a British designer, John Bates, rather than Quant or the Parisian André Courrèges, was the true inventor of miniskirts. However, skirts had been getting shorter since the 1950s — a development Quant considered practical and liberating, allowing women the ability to run for a bus.

Quant later said “It was the girls on the King’s Road who invented the mini. I was making easy, youthful, simple clothes, in which you could move, in which you could run and jump and we would make them the length the customer wanted. I wore them very short and the customers would say, ‘Shorter, shorter.’”

Fashion legends such as Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O and Twiggy helped popularize the mini skirt making it a wide spread fashion trend and an expression of feminism and confidence.

Check out this infographic on the history of the mini skirt, from it’s tumultuous beginnings to it’s rise in popularity and public acceptance.

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