"Good taste is death, vulgarity is life." Mary Quant
According to Mary Quant's own website, the mini-skirt revolution actually started in 1955, when she opened Bazaar boutique in the Kings Road, Chelsea, London. Irrespective of the truth of this (and she should know, eh?), the mini will forever be viewed as the mainstream fashion statement of the sixties.
In Mary Quant's view, her aim was to free women to move and run more easily. The miniskirt as a weapon of feminist progress?
Quant's goal was certainly to bring fashion to the high street and to make it accessible (in terms of price) to the many, rather than the few. Among Quant's innovations (or at least, the ones she's often credited with) are vinyl boots:
and coloured tights:
She also helped popularise, in collaboration with Vidal Sassoon, that other classic sixties look, the "five point" hairstyle.