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An Exhibition About Fashion Icon Mary Quant Is Coming To Auckland Soon

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Mary Quant Exhibition

In the words of Mary Quant, Fashion is a tool to compete in life outside the home.

Dame Barbara Mary Quant was the most iconic fashion designer of the 1960s. In 1930, she was born in London, and developed an opinionated, creative and inventive mindset which led the way for her to launch a fashion revolution in the sixties.

Excitingly, Auckland Art Gallery will play host to the international exhibition that explores the work of this legendary fashion designer. It comes from its permanent home the V&A in London. From November 19, you can discover Mary Quant’s collection of over 120 garments, including accessories, sketches, photographs, cosmetics and more, to learn how she became a powerful influence in working women’s fashion.

The exhibition features many famous designs that Quant made popular during the 1960s and 1970s. These include the super-high hemlines and other looks that were vital to the development of the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Likewise, you’ll see how she challenged fashion norms, with designs such as the miniskirt and colourful trousers and tights, which encouraged young women to rebel against the traditional dress code, giving birth to a new age of feminism.


Indeed, Quant’s clothing led the way for a playful and colourful new generation of fashionistas, and changed the way of style as it was known. Her energetic designs quickly spread around the world from her small boutique on Kinds Road in London.

Certainly, this event is unmissable for fashion gurus. Tickets will cost $24.50, and have yet to be released. Visit Auckland Art Gallery for more information.

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