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Miniskirt, Mary Quant, London, Mid-Sixties: Some say Mary Quant set London swinging way back in 1955 when she opened her clothing shop Bazaar with then-boyfriend Alexander Plunket Greene and Archie McNair. Though André Courrèges and Jean Varon also showed short skirts, it was Quant’s abbreviated designs that popularized the mini in the mid-sixties. Quant, who had the advantage of being her clients’ contemporary, credits her customers with raising hemlines “’shorter, [and] shorter.’”

Miniskirt, Mary Quant, London, Mid-Sixties: Some say Mary Quant set London swinging way back in 1955 when she opened her clothing shop Bazaar with then-boyfriend Alexander Plunket Greene and Archie McNair. Though André Courrèges and Jean Varon also showed short skirts, it was Quant’s abbreviated designs that popularized the mini in the mid-sixties. Quant, who had the advantage of being her clients’ contemporary, credits her customers with raising hemlines “’shorter, [and] shorter.’”

English model Jean Shrimpton unknowingly causes an international incident at the Victoria Derby, Melbourne, Australia, 1967, photographer unknown. Flown in by the Victorian Racing Club and a local synthetic fibre company promoting their range of Orlon dresses (and netting £2000), Shrimpton wore a minidress, eschewing the traditional conservative hosiery, gloves, and millinery, and made international headlines. Forty years later she remarked, "I much prefer architecture to fashion."

English model Jean Shrimpton unknowingly causes an international incident at the Victoria Derby, Melbourne, Australia, 1967, photographer unknown. Flown in by the Victorian Racing Club and a local synthetic fibre company promoting their range of Orlon dresses (and netting £2000), Shrimpton wore a minidress, eschewing the traditional conservative hosiery, gloves, and millinery, and made international headlines. Forty years later she remarked, "I much prefer architecture to fashion."

Get Smart TV Series Intro. Saturday nights, 7:30. My damp hair smelled of Prell shampoo.

Get Smart TV Series Intro. Saturday nights, 7:30. My damp hair smelled of Prell shampoo.

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