The V&A is curating the first international retrospective of Mary Quant in almost 50 years. Expected to be ready for  release in April 2019, the exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, when the Welsh designer and fashion icon became an instrumental figure in the 1960s London-based Mod fashion movements.


Mary Quant will bring together over 200 objects, the majority of which have never been on public display, and delve into the details of how Quant, who was awarded an OBE in 1966, democratised fashion and inspired a young generation.


The garments and accessories, archive sketches, patterns, cosmetics, magazines, photographs, film and catwalk footage have been drawn from the V&A’s largest collection of Mary Quant garments in the world, the unprecedented access the museum was given to the designer’s personal archive, and loans that it will acquire from a public call-out.

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