The miniskirt is an ordinary piece of cloth, it can be colored or simply mono-color, made by different fabrics or just in one with a strong carachter, But the fact remains that every woman has at least one in her wardrobe.
The miniskirt was popularized in 1963 by Mary Quant, who sold it in Baazar, her boutique on King’s Road (Chelsea). For this the reason she became a part of fashion history as the woman who gave English ladies one of the primary “weapons” to begin women’s rights movement in those years.
London, Carnaby Street, the Beatles- that was the mood. A lot of loud girls were impatient to start something creative and revolutionary. Mary Quant, who a couple of years earlier began proposing small dresses, brought forward a new idea that spoke to this craze: shockingly short skirts which she called miniskirt, a name that was a play on words with that of her favorite car.
The garment turns 50 this year and doesn’t show it. In fact, it is still today as debated as it was then. There is still contention about who first invented it, because in the 60s there was another designer André Courrègges who, in the same period as Mrs Quant’s “revolution” in England, introduced in France seriously short-lined dresses and skirts.
It remains unknown which of these two visionaries first came up with the idea of revealing women’s legs. Mary always conceded, “It wasn’t me or Courrèges who invented the miniskirt anyway, it was the girls in the street who did it.” Certainly it was French fashion designers, in particular Yves Saint Laurent, who took the miniskirt to the runway and gave it prominence.
The most important fashion magazine was chosen to publicize the miniskirt all over the world. Vogue picked an emerging concept and coupled it to an unusual model, Twiggy, who was just beginning her career, and this combination exploded into a worldwide fad that redefined fashion.
Today some say the miniskirt is dead. Others look to reinvent it- they pair it to new styles and make it their own. Some say it is too bare. Others are loyal and know how to value it because, after all, in such a small fabric lies a big part of history. It helped establish women in society, and remains still one of the sexiest pieces to date.