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Mary, the British designer credited with popularizing the miniskirt, has passed away at 93, according to a statement from her family received by the PA news agency. The statement noted that she died peacefully at her home in Surrey, UK.
Her family hailed her as one of the most renowned fashion designers of the 20th century and a pioneering force behind the Swinging Sixties. Quant married to Alexander Plunkett-Greene, who was a highly influential figure in the fashion world.
Who Was Alexander Plunkett-Greene?
Alexander Plunkett-Greene, a fashion entrepreneur, was married to the celebrated fashion designer Mary Quant, and together they had a son named Orlando, who was born in 1970.
Plunkett-Greene and Quant first met when Mary Quant pursued her art instruction diploma at Goldsmiths College, and he later played a significant role in building her brand.
In 1955, they jointly established the Bazaar store on Kings Road, quickly becoming a popular destination for young, fashionable people.
While Quant is frequently associated with popularizing the miniskirt, which became an iconic symbol of the London Youthquake, Plunkett-Greene was also instrumental in promoting her brand. Quant’s growing image as the face of Swinging London was partly due to her husband’s support.
Although Quant wore mini skirts, she was also known for creating them. Vibrant colors and simplicity characterized her fashion aesthetic in the 1960s, and inspiration is drawn from school uniforms and subcultures like the mods.
Alexander Plunkett-Greene & Mary Quant Kids
The couple had a son named Orlando Plunket Greene, born in 1970 and now 53 years old. He is married and has three children but keeps his life away from the public eye. Orlando reportedly works in computer marketing.
Unfortunately, Alexander never had the opportunity to meet his grandchildren, as the eldest was born after his passing in 2002.
Alexander Plunket Greene Died In 1990
Alexander and Mary had been married for over 37 years. Unfortunately, Alexander passed away in May 1990. His cause of death was related to his excessive drinking habits.
In an interview, Mary spoke about her late husband’s drinking habits, saying that his doctors had advised him to stop drinking, but he didn’t want to.
Despite his excessive drinking, she acknowledged that he was loyal to her, although he was also a “monstrous womanizer” and likely slept with her friends, which she chose to overlook.
Alexander was the grandson of the Irish classical singer Harry Plunket Greene, known for his performances, writing, and music lecturing.