Mini skirts were not for the faint-hearted! 13



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Do you remember your first mini skirt? It’s been over 50 years since design Mary Quant brought the mini skirt to popular culture.

On the 50th anniversary in 2014, Quant said she couldn’t have imagined that in 1964 the miniskirt would today be such a staple of women’s clothing, but added, “It seemed to be obvious, and so right”.

“I had myself in mind when I designed it…I liked my skirts short because I wanted to run and catch the bus to get to work. It was that feeling of freedom and liberation,” she said.

Mary Quant began experimenting with shorter hemlines in the late 1950s, culminating in the creation of the mini skirt in 1964.

She said, “It was the girls on (London’s) King’s Road who invented the mini. I was making clothes, which would let you run and dance, and we would make them the length the customer wanted.

“I wore them very short and the customers would say, ‘shorter, shorter’.”

Here in Australia you probably remember when British model Jean Shrimpton caused quite a stir. She arrived at Melbourne Cup in 1965, wearing a mini dress five inches above her knees, with no hat, stockings or gloves. It was a sight!

The miniskirt was also very symbolic of the growing woman’s movement, with the image of a woman shifting from a wife and mother to an independent, confident and carefree girl who is able to display her sexuality freely.

Mini skirts have been in fashion ever since.

Share with us today your mini skirt stories… When did you start wearing one? How did those around you react?


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  1. I loved the mini when I was young……….back in the 60s. Now the old stumps don’t look so good in a mini! LOL

  2. I was a convert, loved the mini, and had legs to go with it then, my husband was not too keen on my ‘display’ but I won him over. Minis look good with brown slim legs, I find white wobbly ones a little off putting.. ah well ‘those were the days..’

  3. I wore mini skirts worked at Rays Bar & Grill at Dee Why …..waitressing wearing a bikini…. hitchiked to work from Manly……. won a competition on Manly Corso for “Best Legs” back in the day. Wore very short mini skirts whilst pregnant and after having my first baby Peta…… wore my “before” clothes home ……… denied entry to a leagues club for wearing a very smart black velvet pant suit!! Denied being married in a Presbyterian Methodist church in Manly because the man I was marrying had been married previously, even though I taught Sunday School!! Got married in Kings Cross by Rev Ted Knoffs….lol…..Ann Berry

  4. I loved mini skirts, and got a detention on my first day of school here in Australia for wearing my unifom shorter than the rules and regulations…. they had to get used to it, because I hitched it up every day… got a lot of safety pins and belts confiscated in the process. In UK uniform had to show for 2 inches below the blazer, here it was no more than 2 inches above the knee when kneeling, and I had long legs…lol.

  5. My Mum once said as I was going out in a very short mini skirt, “That’s not a skirt, it is a bloody wide belt”!

  6. Mini’s were great but you had to always cross your legs when you sat down 🙂

  7. I needed 3/4 yard to make a skirt, and I made one every week. Stand up, reach back, press hand to just under panty line, add an inch, and pin. That was the length. Black knickers, or try to match the skirt. And what a kerfuffle when the midi and maxi came in!

  8. Loved the minis in the 60s. Those days in school most of the girls worn their uniform short…. warning given by the principal. Haha.. My mum sewn lots of lovely mini dresses and skirts for me… drove my dad upset.. haha.

  9. Started wearing my school uniform short by pulling it up and using the belt to hold it in place. My best feature were my legs so I showed them of. When I got married my mother told me I could not wear a traditional wedding dress for reasons not talked about back then so my wedding dress was a white mini. Oh I wish I still had that dress I loved it. I still wear dresses above the knees but only a couple of inches

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