Records of Stoddard International plc, Design Archive, Mary Quant

Scope and Content

A large selection of design sketches and patterns relating to Mary Quant. Mary Quant (born 11 February 1934) is a Welsh fashion designer and British fashion icon, who was instrumental in the mod fashion movement. She was one of the designers who took credit for inventing the miniskirt and hot pants. Quant brought fun and fantasy to fashion in the 1960s. Quant's popularity was at its peak in the mid 1960s, during which time she produced the dangerously short micro-mini skirt, "paint-box" make-up, and plastic raincoats. Through the 1970s and 1980s she concentrated on household goods and make-up, rather than just her clothing lines. In 2000, she resigned as director of Mary Quant Ltd., her cosmetics company, after a Japanese buy-out.

The records are a broad range of items relating to the carpets designed by Quant for Templeton Carpets in the 1970s and 1980s. Ranges from small samples of design sketches, to large scale design patterns. Additional information on the carpets Quant designed for Templeton can be found in the Mary Quant Press Information pack from the corporate archive. Some items are stamped on reverse with 'Mary Quant Limited, 8 Ives Street, London, SW3 2NE', with some additionally including a date and 'Templeton' written over the stamp in ink. Where applicable, this has been noted in the additional information section.

This description is part of the  Design Archive  which is divided into the 142 sections, each with its own separate description.

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Descriptions completeted by Chris Fryer, Project Volunteer, April 2011.

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