|La Trobe Art Institute, 121 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550|
“Risk it, go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It's very important to take enormous risks.”
- Mary Quant
Dame Mary Quant, fashion designer, fashion icon and a leading figure in the 1960s London-based Mod and youth fashion movements. Bold and innovative, Mary Quant designs not only set new trends, but also defined the ‘Swinging Sixties’. She encouraged people to dress to please themselves and to enjoy fashion. As Ernestine Carter, fashion journalist of the 1950s and 1960s, wrote: ‘It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior, and Mary Quant.’ This beautifully illustrated lecture will look at the remarkable Mary Quant and her extraordinary contribution to fashion.
About the speaker
Kenneth Park is curator and cultural historian with a passion for art, architecture, travel, history and the good life. Kenneth has been Curator of Collections at Wesley College, Melbourne for over thirty years. He has also carved out a multiple decades long career as lecturer on, and leader of tours all over the world. In recent years, Kenneth frequently lectures on fashion and design. Born at the beginning the sixties, Kenneth notes that he did not quite experience the era. He was a youth of subsequent decades of the seventies and eighties. Nonetheless, he looks back to the Swinging Sixties fascinated by its impact on his generation and others that have followed.