British icon Mary Quant, who outraged fashion world by creating miniskirt, dies

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    Fashion designer Mary Quant, best known for creating the miniskirt has died aged 93, her family has confirmed.

    In a statement, they said that Mary "died peacefully at home in Surrey, UK this morning".

    They added: "Dame Mary, aged 93, was one of the most internationally recognised Fashion Designers of the 20th Century and an outstanding innovator of the Swinging Sixties."

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    The iconic fashion designer introduced miniskirts and hot pants to the world, and also popularised the bob haircut, created by her friend Vidal Sassoon.

    Quant's "Chelsea look" became popular due to Quant's close relationship with Britain's first supermodel Twiggy.

    Her flagship shop Bazaar, on the King's Road in London, became the heart of London's Swinging Chelsea and would regularly sell out of the early dresses which she made in her bedsit.

    Other items created by the revolutionary fashion designer included sleeveless shift dresses, skinny-rib sweaters, coloured tights and jumpsuits, with Mary's most popular pieces being released in the 1950s and 60s.

    Alexandra Shulman, former editor in chief of British Vogue, paid tribute as she said: "She was one of the truly influential figures in fashion and defined the way women thought about themselves.

    "Her influence on both fashion and women’s liberation cannot be underestimated. Her sleek, simple designs were a million miles from the kinds of shapes and costumes women were wearing in the 1950s.

    "As well as short skirts, she had low-heeled pumps rather than high heels and her clothes entice you to behave in a different way after the formality of the past.

    "Her clothes reflect the way the social changes of the 1960s, with young women taking the pill and working more.

    "She was also one of the first designers who realised she was able to roll out a make-up brand."


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