Iconic Fashion Designer Mary Quant Dies at Age 93
The fashion world is mourning the loss of Mary Quant, who died on Thursday at the age of 93 in her home in Surrey, England. Quant was an icon in the industry, known for popularizing the miniskirt and inventing hot pants, among other fashion staples.
Quant’s Legacy: A Trailblazing Vision
Mary Quant and her husband, Alexander Plunket Greene, opened their London boutique, Bazaar, in 1955, and it was around that time that she began shortening the hemlines of her skirts. Although there is debate about who first shortened skirts, most agree that Quant was the one who popularized the trend, coining the term “miniskirt” as a nod to her favorite car, the Mini.
Quant’s contributions to fashion go far beyond the miniskirt. The designer is also credited with inventing hot pants, the skinny-rib sweater, and waterproof mascara. She eventually began selling her clothing in the United States and had a line at J.C. Penney. Quant also launched a cosmetics line and sold housewares, stationary, paint, and more.
In recognition of her trailblazing vision, Quant was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1966 and was later made a dame in 2015. She leaves behind a legacy that will continue to shape the fashion industry.
The Legacy Lives On
Quant’s family includes her son, Orlando Plunket Greene, her brother, Tony Quant, and three grandchildren who will continue to be inspired by her legacy. The Victoria and Albert Museum wrote on Twitter, “It’s impossible to overstate Quant’s contribution to fashion.” The industry will forever be indebted to her pioneering vision and her enduring impact on fashion.