Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary
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Auckland Art Gallery


  • Fri 10 Dec 2021–Sun 13 Mar 2022, 10:00am–5:00pm

Please note: Advanced ticket sales are available via Eventfinda until 5pm, Wednesday 9 March 2022. Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary is open till Sunday 13 March 2022 and tickets may still be available from our information desk to purchase on the day. For updates on ticket availability, please call 09 379 1349 or visit If you visit us on one of our busier days, there may be a wait for entry to Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. For these occasions, we have a virtual queuing system. We tend to be busiest on weekends and days when the weather is rainy or overcast.

An international exhibition exploring the work of legendary fashion designer Mary Quant is open at the Gallery this summer. Here from the V&A in London, Mary Quant takes a look at the fashion icon who harnessed the youthful spirit of the sixties and embraced new mass production techniques to create a new look for modern women. Join in the fashion, freedom, fun!

Famously modelled by Twiggy, Grace Coddington and more, Mary Quant’s clothes personified the energy and fun of swinging London and Quant became a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she is known as the face of the miniskirt and popularised colourful tights and tailored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism.

Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers, Quant turned a tiny boutique on the King’s Road, London, into a wholesale brand available in department stores across the UK, US, Europe and Australia. Quant’s success soon hit New Zealand, where her designs made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation.

Receiving unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, as well as drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest public collection of Quant garments in the world, the show will bring together original garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs.

Mary Quant is a V&A exhibition touring the world.

About the V&A

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

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Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE. Present your membership card at the ticket desks located on the Ground level on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition. Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE.

Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price.

The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm daily. Note the current series of Friday Lates is paused from Saturday 19 February with the last Friday Lates held on Friday 18 February.

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