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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.’”

Eve’s fig leaves, Genesis 3:7, 3:21, and 3:22

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.’”

Paul Poiret opera coat ca. 1912 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paul Poiret opera coat ca. 1912 via The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Marion Davies - more than just the mistress of William R. Hearst, a successful comedienne and film actress.

Marion Davies - more than just the mistress of William R. Hearst, a successful comedienne and film actress.

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