Mary Quant was a British fashion designer who gained fame in the 1960s for her creative and playful designs which helped popularize the miniskirt. She was known for revolutionizing fashion and being a major influence in the ‘Swinging Sixties.’
Quant began her career in 1955 and remain active in the fashion industry till the early 2000s. Over the years, she was able to earn a huge fortune for herself. Here is everything we know about her net worth and earnings.
Mary Quant Net Worth
As per multiple sources, Mary Quant had a net worth of $22 million at the time of her death in April 2023. Most of the wealth was earned through her long and illustrious career in fashion. Born in London in 1930, Quant showed interest in fashion, designing and making her own clothes as a teenager.
After studying illustration and art education at Goldsmiths College, she began working as a milliner, creating hats for various stores including J. Walter Thompson and Harrods. In 1955, she opened her own boutique, Bazaar, with her husband Alexander Plunket Greene. The boutique quickly became famous for its young and modern designs.
Quant began working on the miniskirt in 1965, which had a shorter hemline than the popular skirts styles of previous decades. It became immensely famous with young women and was seen as a symbol of ‘youthful rebellion and sexual liberation.’
Career and Influence in the ‘Swinging Sixties’
Quant’s success with the miniskirt led to other fashion innovations. She popularized hot pants, colorful tights, and other daring styles that reflected the changing social norms of the 1960s. Her designs were loved by young and fashionable women worldwide and helped define the look of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ in London.
Quant’s career continued to thrive throughout the 1960s and 1970s, as she expanded her brand to include cosmetics, perfume, and other lifestyle products. She also collaborated with other designers, including J.C. Penney, to bring her designs to a wider audience. In 1966, she was appointed an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her contributions to fashion.
The designer began to sort of retire from the industry in the late 1990s. In 2000, a Japanese company took over her cosmetics brand Mary Quant Ltd, and Quant resigned from her position as the director.
Work as an Author
Quant also published several books in her career, including two autobiographies: Quant by Quant (1966) and Mary Quant: Autobiography (2011). The rest of her books include Colour by Quant (1984), Quant on Make-up (1986) and Classic Make-up and Beauty Book (1999).
Over the years, she was honored with a number of awards. She was the first winner of the Dress of the Year award in 1963. In 2015, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE). Four months before her death, she was appointed a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour.
On April 13, 2023, Quant’s family announced her death, stating that she died peacefully at her home in Surrey. “Mary was one of the most internationally recognized fashion designers of the 20th Century and an outstanding innovator,” said her family.
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