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Dame Mary Quant (1934-), Fashion designer

Sitter in 22 portraits
Fashion designer. Born in London, Quant studied illustration at Goldsmiths College before taking a job as an apprentice milliner. She began to work in fashion design in 1955 with the opening of her first boutique, Bazaar, on King's Road, co-founded with her future husband Alexander Plunket Greene and their friend Archie McNair. The prices were low and instigated a new era in style, one in which fashion was for everyone. Quant became known for her geometric and vibrant designs, especially for popularising the miniskirt, which became synonymous with 'Swinging London'. In 1966, Quant was awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry.

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Dame Mary Quant

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print, June 1966
NPG P1056


Dame Mary Quant

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(34)


London Fashion Designers

by Norman Parkinson
bromide fibre print on card mount, 18 October 1963
NPG x30111


Dame Mary Quant

by Baron Studios
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 24 October 1964
NPG x125390


Dame Mary Quant

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, circa 1965
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x194166


Dame Mary Quant

by Central Press
bromide press print, 21 May 1975
NPG x182403


Dame Mary Quant; Alexander Plunket Greene

by Mayotte Magnus
colour print on card mount, June 1977
NPG x18653


Dame Mary Quant

by Trevor Leighton
bromide fibre print, 25 November 1982
NPG x29716


Dame Mary Quant

by Denis Waugh
C-type colour print, July 1983
NPG x32370


Dame Mary Quant

by Gered Mankowitz
C-type colour print, September 1986
NPG x137444


Dame Mary Quant

by Jill Kennington
bromide print, 1987
NPG x127156


The Book Party: Hans and Elsbeth Juda

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 16 April 1964
NPG P1968


'Fashion Designers' (including Bill Gibb, Zandra Rhodes, Dame Mary Quant)

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, April 1973
NPG P1937


Dame Mary Quant

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 24 January 1988
NPG P1909


Dame Mary Quant

by Armando Pietrangeli
bromide print, 1960
NPG x135906


Dame Mary Quant

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
vintage print, circa 1965
NPG x194167


A Crate Full of Quant (Dame Mary Quant, Alexander Plunket Greene and nine models)

by John Adriaan
fibre based lambda print, 1 April 1966
NPG x133068


Dame Mary Quant

by John Adriaan
bromide print, 1973
NPG x132460


Dame Mary Quant

by John Adriaan
bromide print, 1973
NPG x132461


Dame Mary Quant

by John Adriaan
bromide print, 1973
NPG x132462

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