Fashion History Classics: Who invented the Mini Skirt?
The so-called mini-skirt is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees that is generally no longer than 4 inches (10 cm) below the buttocks. In the olden days it was not usual, even a scandal if you attempted to show more legs then you should. Therefore short skirts were only seen in sport clothing, such as skirts worn by female tennis players. Unexpectedly fashion designer Mary Quant caused a modern revolution by inventing the first mini-skirt in the ‘Swinging Sixties’. Already in the 1950s she began experimenting with shorter skirts for her own London boutique ‘Baazar’, while in 1965 her break-through came. Mary Quant finally accomplished freeing the women’s world from conservative fashion with her invention after postwar period.
The mini-skirt was able to spread beyond a simple street fashion into a major international trend and was one of the defining fashions of the decade. It was named after Quant’s favorite make of car, the Mini and is until now an essential item in everyone’s women closet.
|1_Miniskirt worn by Starshell, Streetstyle New York #14|
|2_Fashion Classics in speakfashion’s Fashion History|
|3_Skirt Dress in speakfashion’s History Classics|