Quantifying Quant

Well, not so much quantifying but …

Yesterday’s post by my AWA partner JB was about an advance movie viewing she and her friends saw about Mary Quant.

JB mentioned that when she and I had our regular Wednesday/Thursday FaceTime she was surprised that I claimed I had never heard of Mary Quant.

A claim I made because I never heard of Mary Quant. At the time I told Judith that if I asked all the women I knew around here they too would not know the name.

I haven’t yet gotten around to asking so that follow up will come later. Now in truth, when she opened up her first shot Bazaar in England I was eight years old. And a tom-boy. And not the least bit interested in style.

Almost seventy years later I am still uninterested. I like to shop – when I figure I need something. I like to buy and wear things that make me feel good. In truth, my acceptable fashion style is the result of my own couturier consultant who learns her stuff from two very sophisticated young women, her granddaughters. She, by the way, is always stylish.

I sort of figured the name Mary Quant was perhaps not known in Canada, however, looking at the comments on that previous post I see her name was known. Of course the styles she pioneered I was very aware of – hot pants, mini skirts, Gogo boots, clothes sleek with clean lines. Loved them all.


So what fashion maven led me to these fun styles of the sixties?

Why it came straight from Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (a brilliant show by the way) And her name is…..

And she was the reason this girl was able to feel comfortable in her first bikini – uh without the body paint.

So that is all the brilliant thoughts on fashion from here at North of 43

Chris G August 11th ‘22

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

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