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.
- Ernestine Carter
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.
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.
Ahead of her time in marketing and promotion, Quant herself was the embodiment of the label. Her distinctive, photogenic style and playful energy made her the ultimate ambassador for the brand. From small boutique to international label, Quant revolutionised fashion with energy, flair and rebellion. Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary provides an unrivalled insight into the career of one of Britain’s most revolutionary and important fashion designers.
To celebrate the Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary, our city of Bendigo has incorporated it’s love of great food & wine, fashion, and beautiful heritage streets by transforming into a colourful, retro 60s, British celebration of all that Mary Quant stood for. Book tickets for the exhibition and search through Quant accommodation and experience packages below.
An exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image credit: Mary Quant, 1964. © Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo
Bendigo Art Gallery
|20 Mar 21 - 11 Jul 21|
|10:00AM - 5:00PM|
Gallery member $20
Children under 16 years $12
Children under 5 Free