Posted by: Admin | May 26, 2011

Words of Wisdom – Mary Quant

Mary Quant & Vidal Sassoon (image from http://www.style.com)

Today I am returning to Wisdom by Andrew Zuckerman for some Words of Wisdom. (I can’t recommend this book highly enough for it’s thought provoking interviews, stunning and honest portraits and its basic premise, which celebrates the concept of the “elder”, a role that many feel has lost respect in Western culture).

At 77, Mary Quant, sixties icon and founder of seminal sixties fashion brand, Biba, has this wisdom to share about life in general: “Never hoard ideas, because either they are not so relevant, or they have gone stale. Whatever it is, pour them out.”  Bringing us the mini skirt and hot pants, Quant was at the forefront of British fashion in the sixties.

As someone who has always lived her life as an innovator, her philosophy is to always maintain momentum: “The more you do, the more you do, the more you do! You get into a rhythm where, first, so many ideas are needed and then so many ideas are coming at you that you can’t bear to stop.” 

Perhaps that is why she continued to run her business right up to 2000, when it was bought by a Japanese company. Her openness to new ideas have continued to keep her fresh and engaged with the fashion world and life in general. Her words of wisdom for a life of fulfilment, whatever your age?

“Risk it, go for it. Life always gives you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.”

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Responses

  1. Wow, this is quite poignant for me.

    As my writing is taking off so many more opportunities are opening up and it’s starting to feel a bit overwhelming.

    But the torrent of new ideas that are coming through mean that I am that much more driven to capture them.

    However we express our creativity I think that Quant has offered some very real words of wisdom.

    And, yes, she’s an elder that I respect in totality!

  2. Hi Stuart – I get overwhelmed by ideas too. The important thing is to get them out of your head and onto paper/phone notes as soon as you have them, or they disappear like smoke!


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