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The British queen of Swinging Sixties fashion, Dame Mary Quant, who popularised miniskirts and hot pants, has died peacefully at her home on Thursday at the age of 93, Daily Mail reports.

The British fashion designer started a fashion revolution because she didn’t have time to wait for women’s liberation and wanted to free young women in the 1950s and 1960s from having to continue dressing like their mothers.

She pioneered sack dresses and turned women’s trousers and tights into wardrobe staples, as well as popularising the bob haircut pioneered by her friend, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon.

Among Quant’s revolutionary designs were sleeveless shift dresses, PVC raincoats, Peter Pan collars, skinny-rib sweaters, block-coloured tights, and jumpsuits.

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Quant, who named the miniskirt after her preferred brand of car, recalled its “feeling of freedom and liberation” in 2014.

She said, “ It was the girls on 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”.

10th November 1964: Clothes designer Mary Quant, one of the leading lights of the British fashion scene in the 1960’s, having her hair cut by another fashion icon, hairdresser Vidal Sassoon. (Photo by Ronald Dumont/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“She opened her first shop Bazaar in the Kings Road in 1955 and her far-sighted and creative talents quickly established a unique contribution to British fashion.”

Former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman led the tributes on social media, tweeting: “RIP Dame Mary Quant.

A leader of fashion but also in female entrepreneurship – a visionary who was much more than a great haircut.”

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