New York: Ballantine, 1967. First Paperback Edition. Octavo. (18cm x 10cm) 224 pp. ills. Photo pictorial wrappers. Very short, closed tear to bottom verso. Very modest toning. Near fine. Item #103
Mary Quant's fashion designs so greatly influenced popular culture during the mid 1960s, it is difficult to look back on photos from that era without finding someone wearing "Mary Quant". It was obviously apparent in the ubiquitous "mini-skirt", a garment at least coined, if not invented, by Quant. An icon of the 1960s youth-quake, known as the "Mod" movement, Quant opened her first store, "Bazaar", in London's Chelsea neighborhood, assuring that Chelsea would become the center of the cultural youth movement. Appointed to the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1966, Mary Quant's belief that clothing should be cheap, accessible, optimistic and most of all, exciting and fun, changed modern culture. You see it in the Beatle's "Hard Days Night" and in the Mini Cooper. And of course, the mini-skirt. A stubbornly popular autobiography of an unsual genius, this book is hard to find in any early edition.