Mary Quant Plaque

Ahead of being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, a plaque celebrating Dame Mary Quant was unveiled at 138A King’s Road on 16 September; the original site of her ground-breaking boutique Bazaar, which embodied a new generation’s attitude to life and fashion, bringing energy and fun to shopping.

Mary Quant revolutionised fashion, harnessing youth, street style and mass production to create a new look for women, defining the Swinging Sixties. Challenging conventions, she popularised tights, hot pants, the mini skirt and trousers. The plaque unveiling coincides with London Fashion Week, Dame Mary’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ at the World Fashion Awards and a major international retrospective exploring her influential career at the V&A museum, just a short walk from the King’s Road, which brings to life how she injected positivity and colour back to a post-war London. The bonanza of an exhibition traces Quant’s career from 1955 to 1975, exploring the evolution of her style, and how her clever marketing created a global lifestyle brand. The show runs until 16 February 2020.

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The Mini turns 60!

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini Cooper with a parade followed by exhibition of classic Minis on 17 August 2019 on the King’s Road.

The King’s Road has a long association with innovative vehicle designs; from the elaborate carriages of King Charles II with his virtually exclusive use of the road to becoming a centre for carriage building as former stables and small factories in the 20th Century were converted into workshops for luxury coach builders, Hooper & Co and Gurney Nutting.

The Morris Mini Minor launched on 18 August 1959 as a vehicle designed to compete against three-wheeled cars; created by Alec Issigonis for the British Motor Cooperation. During the 1960s it became the vehicle of choice for celebrities that regularly trod the pavements of the King’s Road including Lord Snowdon, Peter Sellers and the iconic Mary Quant.

Racing driver Paddy Hopkirk’s winning success at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a race-tuned Mini Cooper began a period of racing dominance placing the Mini firmly on international stage as a British design iconic.

Celebrate the much-loved classic mini with a parade along the King’s Road at 11am, followed by an exhibition at 381 King’s Road from 12-5pm.

Book your complimentary place here

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Model Holding a Bazaar Bag c. 1959 - Mary Quant archive

Mary Quant Exhibition

This April, the first international retrospective on the inspirational British fashion designer, Mary Quant, opens at the V&A with the King’s Road proud to be the leading sponsor.

This one-of-a-kind exhibition explores 1955-1975 and the years in which she revolutionised the high street whilst harnessing the youthful spirit of the 60s. 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs – many of which have never been on display before – will be on display, showcasing Quant as a role model for women, challenging conventions and popularising the mini skirts, coloured tights and tailored trousers. The fashion icon inspired young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by mothers and grandmothers and the show will explore some of her most memorable moments, from receiving her OBE to the evolution of rising hemlines.

From her small boutique, Bazaar on the King’s Road, to leading international label, Mary Quant revolutionised British Fashion with energy, flair and rebellion.

Book your tickets here – and take a stroll along the King’s Road to be part of the history!

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