Quant by Quant
Quant, Mary. Quant by Quant. First English Edition. 1966. Book and dust jacket are both in very good condition—front jacket flap has minor crease.
Fashion journalist Ernestine Carter ranked Mary Quant (who died at age ninety-three earlier this year) with Coco Chanel and Christian Dior as designers fortunate “to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents.” Quant came onto the London scene in 1955, at the height of drab post-World War II austerity, but instead of languishing there, she led the backlash against it, creating an entirely new, youth-based look that transcended class and income. This book was her first of two memoirs, written when her trendy Chelsea boutique was in its heyday.
“There was a time when clothes were a sure sign of a woman’s social position and income group. Not now. Snobbery has gone out of fashion, and in our shops you will find duchesses jostling with typists to buy the same dress.”