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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: V&A Publishing; Reprint edition (17 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851776672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851776672
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most inspiring books I have ever read' --Luella Bartley

'An engagingly told tale' --Guardian

About the Author

Mary Quant (b. 1934) studied at Goldsmiths' College in London. Famed for popularizing the miniskirt, she was awarded an OBE in 1966.


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By Hugh on 10 Jun. 2013
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Written in 1966, this book is Marys first and best autobiography. It tells her story from childhood and ends with her still busy helping to define a decade. Its full of fun and really makes the excitement of the sixties come alive.

Just after this book was published, Mary brought out the first ever Hot-Pants and had many more years of success!!
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I remember buying Quant By Quant. It was at the former location of the Mississauga Central Library, at 110 Dundas Street West, in the book sale on the ground floor outside the Children's Department. I also bought a discarded Italian Epoca magazine because it had an article in it on John Lennon (not that I can read Italian). What is even more memorable is that I bought these at the library before I was employed there, in 1982. It has taken me 34 years to get around reading Mary Quant's memoir. What can I say? Better late than never.

While fashion was the focus of the book, Quant talked about her early life in England and being evacuated with her family during World War II. She had so many hilarious stories to tell from her childhood (and even stories during wartime) that I was laughing out loud soon after starting to read. I still snicker at one story where she and her brother Tony were billeted at a house and were forbidden to pick the apples. That didn't stop them from eating them, however:

"Then [Tony] had a brilliant brainwave; when everyone else in the house was busy, we'd go into the orchard, climb the trees and eat the apples we wanted without picking them. 'We only promised we wouldn't pick them,' he kept emphasizing.
"We really put our hearts into this...it was days before we were discovered. Poor woman! It must have been a ghastly experience for her when she walked into the orchard to count her precious apples and found nothing left but cores hanging on the trees."

and then as she got older:

"We took to police baiting instead. The police are splendid material for anything like this because they take things so seriously.
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I found the book very informative as I was a teenager at that time.Mary Quant,Twiggy and Vidal Sassoon were my role models through the 60's.I was a trainee hairdresser from 65 to 68.I also made my own clothes too.
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