Mary Quant Quotes


I used to start re-arranging my school uniform hitching up my skirt to be more exciting-looking.

All a designer can do is to anticipate a mood before people realize that they are bored. It is simply a matter of getting bored first

Risk it go for it. Life always gives you another chance another go at it. It's very important to take enormous risks.

As a child I used to spend nearly all my summer holidays with my aunt in Wales and we used to catch mackerel in a boat and then cook them on board.

I have an awful lot of energy.

The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect piece of poetry. I always feel at peace and moved when I recite it.

For one thing I am still working as an adviser on fashion design and colour and stuff.

Only paper flowers are afraid of the rain.

Of course I remember when everybody was thin. It wasn't until I went to America in the Sixties that I saw anyone who wasn't skinny thin.

Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.

Fashion is a tool... to compete in life outside the home. People like you better without knowing why because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.

When I opened my first shop city gents were still carrying tightly furled umbrellas and wearing bowler hats. It was into this world that I launched my new ideas about fashion.

I didn't get fat even when I was pregnant. You have to work very hard at staying slim and it's a bore. But it's worth it.

Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital.

As well as being a creative genius Vidal Sassoon was a formative figure of the Sixties. Along with the Pill and the mini-skirt his influence was truly liberating.

I have been on a diet since 1962.

Coco Chanel hated me. I can understand why.

I long for my garden to be complete. Working in it is one of my joys but it will never be finished because it's forever changing with the seasons.

I liked masculine fabrics: Prince of Wales checks city pinstripes and flannels - worn with black tights flattish shoes.

I divide my time between all the mud and open space in Surrey and the social life and work in London particularly Chelsea which still has the same village feel that it had in the swinging Sixties.

I saw no reason why childhood shouldn't last forever. So I created clothes that worked and moved and allowed people to run to jump to leap to retain their precious freedom.

My garden in England is full of eating-out places for heat waves warm September evenings or lunch on a frosty Christmas morning.

As the daughter of two teachers with first-class degrees I'd always seen myself as a duffer by comparison.

The fashionable woman is sexy witty and dry-cleaned.

The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her.

I dressed like Leslie Caron as a teenager: soft school pleats Peter Pan collars.

Fashion is a tool... to compete in life outside the home

I love restaurants and I love cooking.

I still like the King's Road. It is very alive; it is a hustle of things from different countries and so on. It is lovely.

The real creators of miniskirt are the girls the same that you seen in the streets.

Snobbery has gone out of fashion and in our shops you will find duchesses jostling with typists to buy the same dress.

Good taste is death; vulgarity is life.

I've always loved painting and drawing. I wish I'd developed it more and exhibited.

Fashion as we knew it is over; people wear now exactly what they feel like wearing.

Eating outdoors is a particular passion - that is eating trestle-table a la nicoise.

The gods gave man fire and he invented fire engines. They gave him love and he invented marriage.

I can't imagine not working really. I just think work's more fun than fun.

Fashion should be a game.

Being young is greatly overestimated ... Any failure seems so total. Later on you realize you can have another go.

One of the things I've learned is never to horde ideas because either they are not so relevant or they've gone stale. Whatever it is pour it out.

I think to myself 'You lucky woman - how did you have all this fun?'

A woman is as young as her knees.

Most of my memories of the Sixties are ones of optimism high spirits and confidence.

Rules are invented for lazy people who don't want to think for themselves.

The whole 1960s thing was a ten-year running party which was lovely. It started at the end of the 1950s and sort of faded a bit when it became muddled with flower power. It was marvelous.

Only ugliness is obscene.