Womenfolk, we are all in demand currently, it seems. Not only are we wanted for modelling campaigns (we will be disappointed if some of you don’t apply, let us know how you get on if you do), the V&A needs our help too.
Next year, after getting access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, the museum is to curate the first international retrospective on the super-important fashion designer in nearly 50 years. The exhibition will open in April 2019 and will focus on the years between 1955 and 1975, when Mary revolutionised the high street with her subversive and playful designs for a younger generation. That younger generation will have included some – maybe many- of our readers and the V&A wants your stories, your clothes, your shoes and your make up from any of Mary’s collections for the show.
We asked the show’s curator Jenny Lister what she was looking for exactly. “We want to track down rare Mary Quant garments and gather personal stories, recollections and photographs – and for this we need your readers’ help! Did you know or work with Mary in the 1950s, 60s or 70s? Did you wear her distinctive designs from the period? Do you still have these remarkable garments or photographs of you wearing these? Or perhaps you know a friend or relative that did? If so, we want to add your voice and clothes to the exhibition to celebrate this important part of fashion history. Garments need to be in good condition and ideally, we need to know the name of the wearer and where the garment was first bought.”
So, did you shop at Bazaar on the Kings Road? Have you been hoarding tiny pieces of Quant branded clothing, thinking ‘was I really once that thin?’ Well now is your chance to be rewarded for your anti- Kondo strategy of keeping everything ‘just in case’. Jenny and the V&A want to hear from you, get in touch to share your stories and photos by emailing [email protected].
Bazaar and Biba are the two shops I wish I’d been to, I’m old enough but didn’t come anywhere near London until both were gone. If I was offered a time travel machine I’d opt to go back for a day and go shopping in both stores (I’m hyperventilating just thinking about this). I am pretty sure some of you will have shopped Bazaar, so let us know what your stories are, and do contact the V&A.