The country was swinging like a particularly frisky pendulum as Mary Quant
was awarded an OBE for inventing the miniskirt - and a punch in the face from any fat-thighed women who happened to get anywhere near her
But what of the great days of Mary Quant
, the fashion guru that introduced the mini, and Pan's People, the BBC TV dance troupe that always seemed to be in minis?
And Mary Quant
is maternally a descendant of the Cystanog branch of the Vaughan family, who originated at Golden Grove in Carmarthenshire.
The Swinging '60s are back in a grown-up, first-person shooter that is as eye-popping as a Mary Quant
mini-skirt and as stylish as a Mini Cooper.
The Prime Minister and his wife Cherie joined designers Mary Quant
, Julian McDonald, Philip Tracey and Jemima Khan at the reception at Lancaster House.
99), Prof Breward traces the origins of 'Swinging London' back to 1955, when one Mary Quant
set up a shop called Bazaar on the King's Road, Chelsea.
One of the most influential designers was Mary Quant
and one of the most influential retailers John Stephen, who ended up owning 10 shops in Carnaby Street.
Clockwise from top left, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones wore suits in brilliant colours during the sixties; models pose in kaftans, and ethnic look that became the big news of the decade; Mary Quant
receives a haircut designed specially for her from coiffure legend Vidal Sassoon; by the end of the decade, high-tech fabrics, like plastics and polyester began to appear on the high street; Warren Beatty with Susanna York in Kaleidoscope
The 60s gave us mini-skirts, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Twiggy and Mary Quant
Another woman leading the way was Mary Quant
, whose influence within the fashion community was huge.
Fashion designer Mary Quant
OBE, 68 In the Swinging Sixties when Britain became the focal point of youth culture, Mary Quant
played a major role in London replacing Paris as the world's fashion capital.
Hair and make-up by Kim Brown from Rockit using Mary Quant