1. Glasgow: Mary Quant Fashion Revolutionary Entry Ticket
The V&A’s major retrospective of Dame Mary Quant, one of Britain’s most iconic and celebrated fashion designers, is now on at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum until 22 October 2023, after returning from an international tour. This is the final chance to see the exhibition, which features over 100 garments, accessories, cosmetics, and photographs drawn from the V&A’s extensive collections, Dame Mary Quant’s archive, and, following a public appeal, many private collections. Focusing on the years from 1955, when Quant opened her experimental boutique Bazaar on the King’s Road, Chelsea, through the ‘Swinging Sixties’ when Mary Quant was awarded her OBE, to 1975, it showcases the period when Quant revolutionized the high street with her subversive and playful designs for a younger generation. From Quant’s early years, when the self-taught designer created garments overnight, to her designs being sold internationally, the exhibition reveals the real stories behind the myths and shows how Quant democratized fashion and empowered women through her determination, ingenuity, and unique personal style, which she exported around the world. Displays explore the evolution of the miniskirt, her novel use of modern materials such as PVC, and how her Ginger Group wholesale label was sold internationally from Glasgow’s House of Fraser to department stores in San Francisco and Sydney. Alongside miniskirts, hot pants and tights, and accessories, including Quant Afoot shoes, and make-up, iconic photographs will celebrate the marketing campaigns that helped promote Mary Quant’s photogenic looks and youthful brand. Dame Mary Quant received the Companion of Honour Award in HM King Charles III’s first New Year's Honours List.