Plaid, tweed, cashmere, tartans. Scotland’s museums are filled with examples of the most luscious stuff. I searched far and wide for some vintage Pringle cashmere cardigans but I think they have all been sent to the US. Bring back Scottish cashmere, the Chinese version is so third rate by comparison. Remember the wonderful Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Met? Now I understand why it was so important to him.
The Mary Quant exhibition at the V and A shows off a holistic designer whose ideas about everything from fabric content to how make up should be packaged to the needs of modern young women was part and parcel of what she thought her role as a change agent was. A striking difference from how Christian Dior thought how women should be packaged in an adjacent exhibition. What a difference a decade made.
A Mary Quant retrospective opens in London at the V and A today. Along with Biba, her stores were THE place to get your clothes. Quant was designing in the height of the sixties- The Doors, The Stones, the Beatles and Hendrix all released new albums. But at the same time the Apollo 1 astronauts went up in flames, we doubled down in Vietnam, and the middle east erupted in the Six Day War. Quant was untrained but understood that stretchy knits and tights were the way forward.
Image courtesy the V and A