V&A launches appeal for Quant fashion

V&A launches appeal for Quant fashion

Mini skirts, bold prints and PVC raincoats. These are just some of the fashions that Mary Quant was famous for. Now, the V&A museum wants your Mary Quant clothing for their first exhibition, celebrating Mary Quant's iconic designs. 

The exhibition, which will hopefully open in April 2019, will explore the work of Mary Quant between 1955 and 1975, featuring over 200 Quant designs. Welsh designer, Dame Mary Quant commented, “It was a wonderfully exciting time and despite the frenetic, hard work we had enormous fun,”

Jean Shrimpton in a Mary Quant dress 

Jean Shrimpton in a Mary Quant dress 

We didn’t necessarily realise that what we were creating was pioneering, we were simply too busy relishing all the opportunities and embracing the results before rushing on to the next challenge!”

This will showcase the largest collection of Mary Quant pieces in the world, including items from her own personal archive plus rare and one-off designs. 

Curator at the V&A, Jenny Lister is also appealing to all women who grew up in the swingin' sixties wearing Mary Quant. “We want to hear from women who wore Mary’s radical designs and experienced the appeal of the Mary Quant brand at first-hand,”

“To help us tell these incredible stories, we are asking people to check attics, cupboards, as well as family photo albums, for the chance to feature in our exhibition.”


In order to share your photos, memories or even Mary Quant clothing you may still have hidden in your home, email maryquant@vam.ac.uk or use the social media hashtag #WeWantQuant to share personal pieces.

  • The exhibition will run from April 6th 2019 - March 8th 2020. 
  • Tickets will go on sale Autumn 2018. 
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