Mini-Skirt Is “In”

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Do you remember how scandalous it was to wear a dress three inches above the knee? The mini was “in” starting in the 1960s.

A few fashion designers claim credit for introducing the mini-skirt. Londoner Mary Quant showed her mini-skirts at her New York fashion show on September 1, 1965, and she built a thriving international business:

Another 1960s designer, who had a shop at 155 Maiden Lane in San Francisco from the 1970s through the 1980s, was Andres Courreges. He is best known for introducing his 1964 “space age” look with models wearing all white clothes and helmet-like hats. He was influenced by modern architecture and trained to be a civil engineer.

He also took credit for the mini. Here is his fashion presentation from 1969:

Jacqueline Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor wore some of his designs in the 1960s. In a 1975 story in The Stanford Daily newspaper, a reporter wrote about a tour of San Francisco and she included, “Courreges on nearby Maiden Lane is one of the few American outlets for this Paris designer’s clothes.” Andres Courreges died on January 7 at age 92.

Mary Quant is 82. A British postage stamp commemorating her work was released 2009. It reads, “Mini Skirt, Designed by Mary Quant,” and shows a picture of model in a short, black dress. Last year, she was given the female equivalent of a knighthood and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).

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