ABOUT MARY

BIOGRAPHY OF MARY QUANT

1934
Born in London on February 11.
1955
Opens her first boutique, BAZAAR in Kings Road, Chelsea (London). The mini-skirt sensation begins.
1957
The second Bazaar store opens in Knightsbridge, (London). Mary Quant marries her partner, the late Alexander Plunkett Greene.
1962
Enters the American market with the conclusion of a licensing agreement with J. C. Penny for clothing and underwear design.
From this point onward, Mary Quant is inundated with requests for designs in various fields, not only from Britain, but also Europe and the United States.
1963
Wins the SUNDAY TIMES INTERNATIONAL AWARD and is selected as the WOMAN OF THE YEAR.
Establishes GINGER GROUP, launching global-scale production and wholesaling of Mary Quant designed clothing.
1964
Wins the Maison Branch Rex Award. (U.S.A.)
1966
Begins design of cosmetics; launches MARY QUANT COSMETICS.
Made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for her achievement with the mini skirt.
Wins the Piavla d’Ora Award (ITALY). Her autobiography, QUANT BY QUANT is published.
1967
Selected as a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists(F.S.I.A.) and wins that year’s design award.
1969
Selected as a Royal Designer for Industry(R.D.I.).
Inducted into the British Fashion Council Hall of Fame for her enormous contribution to British fashion.
1970
Begins interior and textile design.
Son Orlando is born.
1971
Sale of Mary Quant cosmetics in Japan begins in March.
1972
Mary Quant visits Japan for the 1st time.
1973
Hold a special exhibition, MARY QUANT’S LONDON at the London Museum.
Appointed as a member of the 200th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Great Britain and the United States Committee.
1975
The BBC broadcasts a 1 hour-length special film entitled LIFE OF MARY QUANT.
1977
Mary Quant visits Japan for the 2nd time.
1982
Mary Quant visits Japan for the 3rd time.
1983
Sale of the Mary Quant Collection (leotards, tights, socks, leg warmers) in Japan begins.
MARY QUANT AT HOME, a grand collection of interior-related designs, is launched in New York.
1984
COLOUR BY QUANT, a book about color by Mary Quant, is published.
1985
Wins the Pret-a-porter Fashion Federation Award (France).
1986
QUANT ON MAKEUP, a book about make-up by Mary Quant, is published in Britain and creates a sensation.
1987
The Japanese language edition of QUANT ON MAKEUP is published. Mary Quant visits Japan for the book launch.
1989
MARY QUANT’S STYLE FILE, a video about make-up, is released in Britain.
1990
Mary Quant awarded by the British Fashion Council for her service to the British fashion industry.
1991
Appointed a honorary member of the Royal College of Arts.
1996
Mary Quant visits Japan for the LIPSTICK 101 COLOUR campaign.
CLASSIC MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BOOK is published.
2012
Second autobiography, MARY QUANT: AUTOBIOGRAPHY is published.
2015
Mary Quant made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to British fashion.
2016
Currently 82, resides in Britain.