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Miniskirt

Biography

Just where did the miniskirt come from? We look at the history of fashion, and consider some of the styles since the 1960s that have rivalled the mini for shock value

Miniskirt: The Basics

Among the many iconic fashions that the 1960s introduced, none revolutionised the fashion world quite like the miniskirt. While there is some dispute about whether the credit for its invention should go to French designers or to our own Mary Quant, what is quite certain is that this tiny item of clothing became a potent symbol of Swinging London.

Miniskirt: The Basics
Origins of the Miniskirt

Origins of the Miniskirt

The miniskirt was the first skirt to go above the knee since prehistoric man chose to slip into something more comfortable. Typically skirts were raised 4-7in above that crucial dividing line, but in Swinging London, the epicentre of the miniskirt explosion, they were to go a lot shorter than that…

The Mini Takes Off

“Humans, hopes, hemlines: all were as high as kites.” Tom Robbins, "Miniskirt Feminism", New York Times (1995)

The Mini Takes Off
Miniskirt Successors

Miniskirt Successors

Although first popularised in the 1960s, the miniskirt has never really gone away, tending to be adapted and reinvented throughout the passing decades.