Mary Quant is the woman who revolutionised British fashion - goodbye knee-length skirts, stockings and suspenders and the shampoo and set; hello mini skirts, hotpants, patterned tights and the Vidal Sassoon geometric bob. I have heard it said: `If you can remember the sixties, you weren't there', well Mary Quant has no problems recalling that time, and she was most definitely there - although if you are expecting wild stories from Quant about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll, then you might be disappointed. That said there is a lot in this book to interest, inform, amuse and entertain - we learn how Quant met her future husband, Alexander Plunket Greene (referred to as APG) at Goldsmiths School of Art, how they opened their first shop and, as their empire grew, how they fell into a round of parties, photo shoots, press launches and publicity stunts. Quant reveals how she was "simply bowled over" by APG, and how for him it was lust at first sight; there is the famous story of how she encouraged APG to trim her pubic hair into a heart shape; we learn how although she was a one-man woman, APG was never a one-woman man and there were passionate rows - but they always came through them and were together until his death. There are some amusing anecdotes, plenty of celebrity names and some lovely (and not so lovely) descriptions of fashion clothing.
As with most autobiographies, Quant only really tells us what she wants us to know; however what she reveals is never dull in the telling. She writes in a breezy, conversational style making this book an effortless and entertaining read.
Also recommended:From A to Biba
by Barbara Hulanicki.