Mary Quant V&A Exhibition

Fashion is not frivolous; it is part of being alive today” Mary Quant.

Quant at home on 1965. Photo: Keystone.

Free your thoughts; don’t be confined by convention.

In the 1950s, fashion designer Mary Quant conquered the globe with the launch of the miniskirt, which would have been unthinkable before that time. Her original ideas and boundless curiosity had a big influence on the role of women in contemporary society.

Be free, be yourself. This spirit is part of our brand, and it will never change. <>

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On 6th April 2019, the V&A will open the first international retrospective on the iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant. The exhibition will explore the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street, harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and new mass production techniques to create a new look for women.

Quant personified the energy and fun of swinging London; and was a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she popularised the miniskirt, colourful tights, and tailored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism. The mini skirt would go on to become an icon of the time and spark a new creative scene in London and beyond.


The V&A exhibition Credit: Julian Simmonds

From small boutique to international label, Quant revolutionised British fashion with energy, flair and rebellion. Mary Quant at the V&A will feature never before seen designs and provide an unrivalled insight into the career of one of Britain’s most revolutionary and important fashion designers. Credit: Michael Putland/Getty Images

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive.

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“The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone.” Mary Quant

Twiggy: 1967. Credit: Cecil Beaton           Credit: Getty Images

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Photographed by Just Jaeckin for Vogue’s April 1967 issue. Photo Credit: Just Jaeckin.

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Shibori is Japanese word stemming from the verb “shiboru” meaning  to wring, squeeze or press and describes the method of forcing dye through cloth where some areas have been tied to resist . The earliest known examples of shibori fabrics date back to the 8th century. This look is very a la mode at this moment.

There are many shibori techniques that involve ways to bind, stitch, fold, pleat, twist, or compress fabric to make areas to resist dye penetration and each results in very different pattern. These technique can also be combined to achieve elaborate results near taming the random appeal of tie and dye. The fabrics to which this is applied are traditionally cotton, silk or linen and Indigo is the customery dye of choice.


Image: Sublitex

Kanoko shibori is what we generally call tie dye and did at Primary School. A piece of cloth is tied with a thread or length of string in a series of circles, in my day putting a marble at the centre and then working outwards . Where the string is bound tightly the dye into which the fabric is dipped cannot penetrate and there for resist the colouration.


Miura shibori is also known as looped binding. This technique takes small sections of cloth around which a thread is loopedi n regular repeating sections. No knot is used and a small amount of dye gets to the edge forming and attractive blur.


Kumo shibori involves fine and even pleating and binding to make resist areas. Then the cloth is bound in very close sections and gives a fine spider web design.



Nui shibori makes resist areas through a simple running stitch which is then pulled very tightly to gather the cloth. Each thread is secured with a knot before being dipped. This technique allows for greater design variety and resist  control but it is very time consuming.


Arashi shibori is also known as pole-wrapping shibori. The cloth is wrapped diagonally around a pole, then very tightly bound by wrapping down the pole length. The cloth is scrunched up the pole making a more random resist area. “Arashi” is the Japanese word for storm and you can almost imagine rivellettes of water running across a window pane.



Itajime shibori  sandwiches the fabric between two pieces of wood, which are held in place with string to clamp the package tightly  causing larger areas of resist in the pattern.

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Hikari at the Tory Burch Fall Winter 2019 runway show, wearing a dress from the TORY BURCH X BUAISOU  plus the window display in her Ginza store in Japan and the collection using traditional shibori hand dyed fabrics.


We are being asked for printed Shibori designs to imitate these artisanal techniques and this made us curious as to where these designs came from and to learn more. There are plenty of sites on the internet such as Instructables, Nunoya and Moomah that show you how to make these designs at home as there are books on the subject.

We have been through the Sublitex library searching out all the different shibori styles that we could find and reveling in the beautiful simplicity of the indigo palette. Keep an eye out for our next blog post on Tuesday where we will be showcasing these beautiful Sublitex print designs.

Geometric Tile Prints

Take some pattern inspiration from some of these fabulous Instagram accounts:

  • @ihavethisthingwithfloors
  • @ihavethisthingwithtiles
  • @parisianfloors

Beautifully jazzy tiles. Mixing interesting colour ways; traditional tile prints updated. : Photos by @livvysaurus and @ananewyork.

 Tessellation of tonal coloured tiles.

Geometric patten tiles. @chippanotes and @gabriellainsana and

Geometric tile prints are making an apperance in s/s 2019 collections from the likes of Dries Van Noten, Maje and Prada.

Dries Van Noten – geometric print wool blend coat and Maje – Geometric print crepe shirt.

Prada – Geometric silk print dress and geometric printed coat s/s 2019.


Reiss  – leah geometric print pleated crepe skirt.

The Upside – Turkish tile printed bra and leggings and Valentino – geometric print stretch jersey hoody.

TeamLab Borderless

Fabulous colour inspiration from an incredible interactive exhibition in the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo Japan.

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Click Here to view TeamLab Borderless video

TeamLab Borderless is a group of artworks that form one borderless world. Artworks move out of rooms, communicate with other works, influence, and sometimes intermingle with each other with no boundaries.

Immerse your body in borderless art in this vast, complex, three-dimensional 10,000 square meter world. Wander, explore with intention, discover, and create a new world with others.


Mesmerising Lamps emitting colour that are interactive and resonate as they encounter human interaction. The lamps in this exhibit shine brightly and then fade; and in the light, we can see the cherry blossoms.

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Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Cherry Blossoms (On view March 01 – April 30, 2019)

Click here to view Resonating Cherry Blossom Lamps

Happiness blooms from within

Instagram @teamlab_borderless  – maxenemagalona and – ninagawamika

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instagram @teamlab_borderless  – steveaoki

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instagram @teamlab_borderless  – jbalvin

Head over to the Teamlab website to discover more about this amazing exhibition that is a feast for the eyes. Be inspired; and if you are in Japan – GO!