Monday, August 31, 2009

Recommended Reading: Quant By Quant (1966)

I just finished reading the memoirs of legendary 1960s fashion designer, Mary Quant. In 1955, Quant and her husband (Alexander Plunket) founded the groundbreaking Bazaar boutique on the King's Road in London's Chelsea district. Successive years saw the expansion of the Mary Quant brand name into an international fashion empire producing in Quant's own words, "wild clothes at tame prices" on a mass-market scale. She worked with the top fashion models of her day such as Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, and Pattie Boyd just to name a few. Mary Quant is perhaps best known for popularizing the mini skirt. (And let's face it, the world would be an even more dreary and depressing place were it not for this particular fashion innovation.) She is also credited as being one of the key figures responsible for the influential "London Look" which quickly became a worldwide phenomenon that would forever change the face of fashion.

Published in 1966 at the height of Swinging London, Quant By Quant is a fascinating insider's account of the 1960s fashion revolution. Along the way, Quant also offers insight into her own personal style philosophy.

Quant By Quant is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in fashion or 1960s culture.


  1. this is definitely a great read for any 60's enthusiast, interesting to see the cover, it's different to my UK version, I kinda like yours better!

  2. I'm a big mod Mary Quant fan, this looks my type of book :-)

  3. I LOVE that book! Thanks for the inspiration to go dig it out again... then again, your blog gives me inspiration for glamour all the time. :)

  4. Wow, thank you! That's quite a compliment! Love your username!

  5. how guys, how would i go about getting hold of a quant by quant 1st edition?
    my girlfriend really wants one, and i was wondering where i might be able to get one.