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London designer Mary Quant is immortalized by fashion iconography as the originator of the miniskirt.
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These skirts were also in development by other designers, but Quant's is the name most associated with them. She even named the garments after her favorite make of car: the Mini.
In 1966, Quant received her Order of the British Empire for her contribution to the fashion industry. She arrived at Buckingham Palace to accept the honor in a miniskirt and cut-away gloves. That same year, she wrote her first book, Quant by Quant,
and has since gone on to write books on make up and another autobiography.
Quant went on to popularize hot pants in the late '60s, and concentrated on household goods, makeup and clothes during the 1970s and '80s. In 1988, she designed the interior of the Mini Designer, which incorporated black and white striped seats with red trimming and seatbelts.
In 2000, Quant resigned as director of Mary Quant LTD, her cosmetics company, after a Japanese buy-out.
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