Model Twiggy has led the tributes to designer Dame Mary Quant, who has died aged 93.

The fashion legend passed away "peacefully at home in Surrey", her family announced yesterday.

Dame Mary was credited with popularising the miniskirts that helped define the Swinging '60s.

Twiggy, who became a style icon during the era, said Dame Mary had "such an influence on young girls in the late '50s-early '60s".

"She revolutionised fashion and was a brilliant female entrepreneur," she wrote in a social media post. "The 1960s would have never been the same without her."

Former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman called Dame Mary a "leader of fashion, but also in female entrepreneurship", adding she was "a visionary who was much more than a great haircut."

'We owe you'

Vanessa Friedman, the fashion director of the International New York Times, tweeted: "RIP Mary Quant, who freed the female leg. We owe you."

Her family described her as "one of the most internationally-recognised fashion designers of the 20th Century and an outstanding innovator".

"She opened her first shop Bazaar in the King's Road in 1955 and her far-sighted and creative talents quickly established a unique contribution to British fashion."

Dame Mary has been lauded for decades as an innovator whose chic designs melded comfort and practicality.

She drew inspiration from the counterculture scene that sprung up in west London in the 1950s, the area which became her base.

Taking cues from Mod style - which incorporated Italian sports clothing - she designed outfits that made women feel comfortable, rather than just items for big occasions.


It appealed widely to a generation of young women eager for an alternative to the otherwise subdued fashions commonplace in post-war Britain.

The Victoria & Albert Museum said: "It's impossible to overstate Quant's contribution to fashion. She represented the joyful freedom of 1960s fashion, and provided a new role model for young women.

"Fashion today owes so much to her trailblazing vision."

Photographer David Bailey, who captured much of the spirit of London in the 1960s, told the BBC that Quant "was kind of wonderful, she was very positive".

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