Wool dress coats were ideal for formal outdoor events in cool British weather or in cold homes when central heating was a rare luxury. Venice Pollock wore this oversized plaid tweed coat to the launching ceremony of her husband's refurbished ship, according to society magazine Tatler. She was married to Philip Pollock, a businessman who helped Terence Conran finance his Habitat store.
Circa 1966 this jersey dress shows the stark simplicity of Quant's free-spirit designs, combining the comfort of stretch fabric with bright colours and minimal but contrasting trim. The shorter length and width of the hem allowed free movement and suited flat shoes, in complete contrast to the high-heeled straight skirt in the previous fashion.
For PVC garments like this raincoat to be durable and waterproof, the seams must be tightly closed. Quant's early experiments with PVC stitching on a standard sewing machine resulted in the material sticking, melting or tearing due to the perforated seam. She quickly recognized the need for specialized equipment and advice from an experienced mac manufacturer to successfully produce PVC garments.
WILLIAM MORRIS PRINT SUIT
Quant's interest in historic textile prints continued throughout the 1960s and 70s, as evidenced by her use of William Morris "Marigold" trim for this jacket and skirt. Her choice of material reflects a wider resurgence of 19th-century William Morris prints that were fashionable at the time.