A much-anticipated international exhibition exploring the work of legendary fashion designerÂ MaryÂ Quant has opened at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TÄmaki.
Join in the fashion, freedom and fun asÂ MaryÂ Quant: Fashion RevolutionaryÂ explores the cultural icon who embodied the youthquake of the Sixties and embraced new mass-production techniques to create new looks and lifestyles for modern women.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy is excited to bring this international exhibition to Auckland, encapsulating the spirit ofÂ QuantÂ and exploring her immense impact on fashion and culture to New Zealanders.
“MaryÂ Quantâs effect on women and mainstream culture was entirely revolutionary. She invited women to dress for having active and playful lives. She made fashion accessible, affordable, comfortable and available to all women. She completely democratised fashion, and moreover gave women the outfits to challenge the status quo and lead bigger and fuller lives than had previously been available to them,” says Lacy.
Famously modelled by Twiggy, Grace Coddington and more,Â MaryÂ Quantâs clothes personified the energy and fun of swinging London andÂ QuantÂ became a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she is known as the face of the miniskirt and popularised colourful tights and tailored trousers â encouraging a new age of feminism.
Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers,Â QuantÂ turned a tiny boutique on the Kingâs Road, London, into a wholesale brand available in department stores across the UK, US, Europe and Australia.Â Quantâs success soon hit New Zealand, where her designs made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation.
Friday 10 December 2021 to Sunday 13 March 2022
10amâ9pm Fridays (except Friday 24 and Friday 31 December 2021)
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o TÄmaki
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Auckland, New Zealand
Child under 12 and under FREE