CANDY RAE GOES TIMELESS: MARY QUANT AND THE MINI

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Ladies and gentlemen, Candy Rae presents the first Timeless post of the year! *pops leftover party popper*. Seeing as it’s Throwback Thursday in the social media stratosphere, it’s the perfect opportunity to pay homage to an iconic fashion brand.

Travel back in time to the Swinging Sixties, when Britain was all about The Beatles, Twiggy and social revolutions. Daring designer Mary Quant introduced a shorter hem length that would change fashion forever. She injected a new bold, carefree attitude into fashion which mirrored social movements at the time. Paying close attention to her customers, she offered trendy yet affordable pieces. Quant favoured practical styles that you could move freely in, and would customise skirts and dresses to the lengths that her customers desired. She claims that it was the girls who visited her Kings Road store that created the mini-skirt. “I wore them very short and the customers would say, shorter, shorter!” Quant stated. She later went on to name the coveted skirt after her favourite car, The Mini.

Although the mini-skirt is said to have been in development by designers in former years, Quant’s mini is now seen as one of the most defining fashion moments of the sixties, along with hotpants; which the innovator also introduced. The British fashion icon promoted individuality and believed that fashion should not be taken too seriously. Hear hear!

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[Photo credit |Getty Images]

And what about the iconic bob, patterned tights, smoky eyes and waterproof mascara?! Thank you, Mary.

Love, Ms.Rae xo

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