A beautiful, original Mary Quant dress!
This lovely Mary Quant dress bears the label, ‘Bazaar’ and, probably, comes from her King’s Road boutique of the same name. It has a drop-waist with a skirt of boxed pleats.
I am not exactly sure of the vintage – late 1950s or early 1960s as Mary Quant opened “Bazaar” in 1955. There is a Mary Quant dress – dated 1961 – in the Victoria & Albert Museum which looks similar in colour and fabric. The description, which accompanies the dress, outlines the main themes of her style and they are certainly evident in our beautiful Mary Quant dress:
“Despite the warm woollen fabric, this 1961 design is based on a summer sports dress. This playful unexpectedness is typically Quant. She made informal dresses in formal fabrics, and did summer designs in winter-weight fabrics. Her designs were always bold, graphic, and youthful. Strong contrasts of colour – here, brown and black – were a particular trademark.” (courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
Our original Mary Quant dress is a fine example of this style – the contrast of brown and cream, a summer design in heavier fabric than one might expect and she has a bold look that turns many a head in admiration when we have displayed her in one of our windows. She would be ideal for spring or autumn – and winter worn with a jumper underneath.
Approx size: Bust 34-36″; (more measurements to follow)
Condition report: Barely visible 1 cm mark on right side of bust (I can always send a close up photo; just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org). Otherwise, this gorgeous Mary Quant dress is a wonderful example of one of our finest fashion designers and offers a great opportunity to wear, or just gaze at, your very own piece of fashion history!