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Stripes and zigzags: fashion brand Missoni’s links to modern art

Exhibition at Fashion and Textile Museum in London takes an eclectic trip through the Italian label’s six-decade history. There will be a pyramid of mannequins similar to this one at Maga, Gallarate. Photograph: Roberto Marossi/Missoni Press Office   For 60 years, the Italian brand Missoni has owned zigzags and stripes in fashion. The Missoni Art Colour show at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London does not disappoint on that front. Stripes are visible from the moment…

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Carnaby Street – Embodiment of the Swinging Sixties

Before the 60’s changed the fashion scene in London, Carnaby Street was a run-down area with cheap properties at the quieter end of Soho. Carnaby Street’s fate was changed by a fire, that forced John Stephen to move his flamboyant fashionwear store from Beak Street to Carnaby. By popular demand he opened up more shops on the street, called ‘His Clothes’ and ‘Male West One’. More fashion outlets followed suit, with distinctive names such as…

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Biography of Mary Quant

Sleeveless dress, Mary Quant, England, 1960. Museum no. T.27-1997 ‘What ready-to-wear does today, the couturiers -even the Paris couturiers- confirm tomorrow. It has happened several times already. I think it will go on happening.’ Quant by Quant, 1966 The daughter of Welsh school teachers, Quant gained a diploma in Art Education from Goldsmith’s College, London. Here, she met the wealthy Alexander Plunket Green, who later became her business partner and husband. Apprenticed to a milliner,…

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