Being a member of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Knightsbridge, London allows you to drop in when you have time and still get to see all the latest exhibitions without booking ahead.
Following the extremely successful Dior exhibition last year a highlight for the end of 2019 and early 2020 was the Mary Quant exhibit. So last weekend I headed to the stunning V&A to view it and was not disappointed.
“The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone” Mary Quant, 1966.
For me, the opening quote above the biography of Mary Quant sums up her approach and style. With the unique playful slant present throughout her designs you can see she enjoyed clothes and wanted to bring this experience to all women not just models and those who could afford expensive clothes.
Her look was so distinctive and easily recognisable and her swift rise from her London Boutique Bazaar to a British brand exported throughout the world was significant in that period of fashion. It changed the way normal women shopped and dressed with her designs accessible to everyone.
The exhibition contains a wide selection of her work from various inspirations which are all well curated and installed. The standout impression I had walking around was her love of colour, texture and bold design.
You will find yourself wanting to add several designs to your current wardrobe which further seals her ability to make timeless pieces every woman could wear.
Having set up, and still building, my own handbag and accessories brand I was very impressed with her obvious awareness and importance of her brand. Even the iconic daisy logo has stood the test of time and is symbolic of the Mary Quant brand to this day.
In summary, a very enjoyable exhibition of the most beautiful outfits which you will want to take home with you, personally I want first dibs on the black wet look mackintosh.