In March 2021, Bendigo Art Gallery will present Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, a retrospective exhibition on the iconic British fashion designer Dame Mary Quant.
Bendigo is the exclusive Australian venue for this exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition explores the years between 1955 and 1975, when Mary Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women. Drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, Dame Mary Quant’s Archive and private collections, the exhibition brings together over 110 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches, photographs and even Quant’s own line of fashion dolls, known as Daisy dolls, a rival to Barbie
Tours and activities can be booked using the student booking form. All activities are free with exhibition entry.
Mini Skirts and Make – Up
Introductory Student Talks - Approximately 15 minutes
Available to all students prior to exhibition entry.
Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London and was a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights and tailored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism.
The Learn team will offer a range of student talks for all year levels. These talks will incorporate the use of textiles, clothing and props to tell the story of Quant from her beginnings on the streets of London to her jet setting days travelling across America and Europe. The talks will look at how Quant’s fashion reflected the times in which it was made, with the rapid changes in the role of women to the democratisation of fashion and the growth of youth culture.
In the Exhibition
Self – tours
School groups will need to self- tour through the exhibition. Please ensure that there are adequate teachers to supervise students in all Gallery spaces.
Drawing and design challenges (downloadable from website)
Students can use drawing and design challenges to view and analyse the exhibition. These challenges will promote creative thinking, develop and extend drawing skills as well as encourage innovative design solutions. These will be available for download soon.
Teacher and student resources from V&A Dundee and Bendigo Art Gallery
Select a Teaching Resource that supports your students learning relevant to your subject. Print out for students to be used while viewing the Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary exhibition.
Education ticket prices
Cost - $10 per student
Teachers are free (maximum 1 per group of 10 students)
Please ensure that you have correct student numbers when booking your group in. Schools will be invoiced prior to their visit based on the number of students on the booking form.
Bendigo Art Gallery acknowledges the support of V&A Dundee in the development of the resources and the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.