The Mini-skirt

Mary Quant (
1) Mary Quant

The mini skirt or dress is not really a traditional style though maybe in the future it will be considered as one of the traditional costumes of the late 20th century onwards, especially as it has become a symbol of the liberal youth culture that developed in the 1960s. The earliest known example of a miniskirt was found in the grave of the Egtved Girl (Nordic Bronze Age, ca. 1390–1370 BCE) in Denmark.

The modern miniskirt was first referred to in a humorous article in 1962 about the “mini-skirt” or “Ya-Ya” describing it as a controversial item of clothing that was being produced in Mexico City. Various people from different countries  were involved in the development of this style of dress from the 1957 sack dress: Mary Quant (British designer), Barbara Hulanicki (Polish/British designer; Biba fashions) and John Bates (British designer; aka Jean Varon).

john varon – John Bates (
2) john varon – John Bates

The latter designer was making short-skirted clothes earlier than the others. However, Mary Quant with her Chelsea Look was especially important in making this style fashionable after she brought out her miniskirt collection in l965, using the ideas of André Courrèges (French designer) from 1964. By 1966, Mary Quant was producing mini dresses and skirts that were set 6 or 7 inches (15—17.5 cm) above the knee, using standard cotton and wool materials but also adventurous ones like PVC, etc. This style of dress was quickly found on the catwalks and in the clothes shops throughout the Western world.

biba - Barbara Hulanicki (
3) biba – Barbara Hulanicki

Since the late 1960s, the mini skirt has been part of the Western world’s fashions in various forms including the ultra-short form, the micro skirt.

Source(s) of information


1) Mary Quant (

2) john varon – John Bates (

3) biba – Barbara Hulanicki (




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