Mary Quant did a lot for fashion in the 60s, but she didn’t invent the onesie (Miniskirt mayhem! Nine ways Mary Quant revolutionised women’s clothes – and lives, 28 October). My second world war dressmaking book features an all-in-one called a “trousered unity suit for the house and emergencies”, with a hood and a front zip for speedy dressing in air raids. These were also known as siren suits. Winston Churchill wore a pinstripe one.
Before Mary Quant, it was almost impossible to run upstairs in a skirt or shed a discreet tear while wearing mascara. The 60s fashion designer, who gave mass-market appeal to thigh-skimming miniskirts and pioneered clothes for working women, is the subject of a feature-length film that opens in cinemas this week. Quant, directed by Sadie Frost, tracks the designer’s career, from opening her boutique in Chelsea to running the world’s first global superbrand. While contemporary designers give us trends, Quant reset the dial on the way we get dressed. Under her influence, women rejected their parents’ vision of beauty and embraced their own. Her legacy continues today – here are nine ways she changed how women dress.
Sadie Frost on how she made her directorial debut - a documentary about Mary Quant - in the midst of lockdown
When it comes to having something to show for those long months of lockdown - whether it’s getting svelte through home workouts, learning a language or even recording an album or two (see: Taylor Swift) - directing your first feature-length documentary is right up there. Such is the case for Sadie Frost - actress, producer, fashion designer and director - whose film Quant, about the fashion designer Mary Quant, is released in cinemas this week.
It was so thrilling to hold that plastic white box with the black daisy in the middle and the big mirror in the lid and to be able, at last, to experiment endlessly with the eye-shadows, the pearly face-lighter, the Starkers foundation (“Forget about colouring, go for shaping” said the instructions, excitingly).
LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The British fashion set returned to London's King's Road on Wednesday to celebrate Mary Quant, the renowned designer often credited with the invention of the mini skirt, at the premiere of the first official documentary on her life and career. Actor, producer and former fashion...
‘Coco Chanel hated me. I can understand why. At the time all anyone kept asking her was, ‘What do you think of Mary Quant?’”. Now the designer who, with her bum-skimming skirts, PVC coats and factory-made boots, shifted fashion’s focus from Parisian couturiers to young working women, is the subject of a new feature-length documentary in cinemas from next week. Called Quant, it’s directed by Sadie Frost and includes contributions from fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran and supermodel Kate Moss. Together, they expound on the legacy of the woman who invented the mini skirt – and who named it after her favourite car.
New UK Trailer for ‘Quant’ Doc About 60s Fashion Icon Mary Quant. “What she did was liberate those girls.” Studio Soho Distribution has released an official UK trailer for a biopic documentary film titled Quant, made by actress-turned-filmmaker Sadie Frost. This is premiering at the London Film Festival this month before it opens in UK cinemas later this fall. The doc explores the life and legacy of 1960s fashion icon, Mary Quant. In her directorial debut, Frost pairs archival footage with dramatized scenes, featuring Camilla Rutherford as Quant with striking creativity. Interviews with Quant family members and titans of the fashion & beauty industry provide a rich texture for exploring the creative, personal and professional life of a beloved cultural icon. If you don’t know much about her, a perfect chance to learn more! LFF’s intro: “A film powered by female ingenuity, both in front of and behind the camera, along with 1960s pop hits and a vibrant dayglow archive, Quant brims with London vim.” Looks quite good.