July 12, 2010
-- Where did the miniskirt come from? Innovative, creative, bold the mini belongs to London, England. The Brits set the tone and the world followed. People have forgotten how revolutionary the mini-skirt was in its day. In the mid-’60s, when it caught on, it was more than a fashion-it was a philosophy, a political statement, a news event.
Here are some facts to remind the history of the mini skirt.
HISTORY. The mini-skirt was created by an English seamstress named Mary Quant. As a girl, Mary hated the straight laced clothes grown-ups wore. So when she got older, she made unconventional clothes for herself. In 1955, she opened the world’s first boutique in London, selling “wild and kinky” handmade clothes, like the ones she wore. She used bright colours, lots of plastic, and kept hemlines shorter than normal (though they weren’t minis yet). Her fashions caught on with hip Londoners. They became known as “mod” (for modern) clothes, and Mary became a local celebrity. In 1965, young girls in London were beginning to wear their dresses shorter than ever. Taking a cue from them, Quant began manufacturing skirts that were outrageously short for the time. She called them “mini-skirts.”
They took off like wildfire. Later that year, respected French designer Andre Courreges brought the mini-skirt and go-go boots (his own creation) to the world of high fashion. This made the mini a “style” instead of a “fad” and inspired influential women-movie stars, models, heiresses-to shorten their skirts. But the largest American clothing manufacturers weren’t sure whether to hop on the mini bandwagon until the day in 1965 that Jackie Kennedy appeared in public with a shortened hemline. After that, it was full speed ahead. The mini fad lasted for less than a decade. But it permanently altered the concept of what was acceptable in women’s attire, and helped break down traditional barriers for women in other areas of society.http://stylert.com/
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