I have been on a diet since 1962.
– Mary Quant
I dressed like Leslie Caron as a teenager: soft school pleats, Peter Pan collars.
Risk it; go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.
Good taste is death; vulgarity is life.
Most of my memories of the Sixties are ones of optimism, high spirits and confidence.
The real creators of miniskirt are the girls, the same that you seen in the streets.
Fashion is a tool… to compete in life outside the home. People like you better, without knowing why, because people always react well to a person they like the looks of.
I think to myself, ‘You lucky woman – how did you have all this fun?’
Vidal Sassoon changed hair forever.
Britain has always had more art schools per capita than any other country.
The fashionable woman is sexy, witty, and dry-cleaned.
I don’t have birthdays.
When I opened my first shop, city gents were still carrying tightly furled umbrellas and wearing bowler hats. It was into this world that I launched my new ideas about fashion.
One thing I longed to do was to design a complete look, from head to toe, so I started a make-up line in 1966.
For one thing, I am still working as an adviser on fashion, design and colour and stuff.
I still like the King’s Road. It is very alive; it is a hustle of things from different countries and so on. It is lovely.
In America, they never make anything without first having a market survey to ask the public what they want. People only ask for things they already know about, so you don’t get anything new that way. That’s why American fashion is stuck.
I saw no reason why childhood shouldn’t last forever. So I created clothes that worked and moved and allowed people to run, to jump, to leap, to retain their precious freedom.
I’m greedy, but I’ve always watched what I eat because I want to look good. I gave up butter, cream and sugar years ago.
I always designed clothes from a very young age because I didn’t like the way they were. They were paralyzing; they were stilted.
I long for my garden to be complete. Working in it is one of my joys, but it will never be finished because it’s forever changing with the seasons.
The Lord’s Prayer is the most perfect piece of poetry. I always feel at peace and moved when I recite it.
I designed the miniskirt that caused so much havoc in the Sixties – the miniskirt that was such fun but has travelled well to today.
People call things ‘vulgar’ when they are new to them. When they have become old, they become ‘good taste.’
I have an awful lot of energy.
Only ugliness is obscene.
I absolutely adore cows. They’re the most fascinating, gentle and beautiful animals. Their eyes are so amazing. I have ten that live on the land around my house. I love to talk to them. There are few things better than falling asleep in a field and being woken up by an inquisitive cow.
I’ve always loved painting and drawing. I wish I’d developed it more and exhibited.
The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don’t wear her.
Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital.