Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary

Fri 10 Dec 2021 — Sun 13 Mar 2022

Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary

Fri 10 Dec 2021 — Sun 13 Mar 2022

It is given to a fortunate few to be born at the right time, in the right place, with the right talents. In recent fashion there are:  three: Chanel, Dior and Mary Quant.’ – Ernestine Carter

An international exhibition exploring the work of legendary fashion designer Mary Quant is set to open at the Gallery this summer. Here from the V&A in London, Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary takes a look at the fashion icon who harnessed the youthful spirit of the sixties and embraced new mass production techniques to create a new look for modern women.

Famously modelled by Twiggy, Grace Coddington and more, Mary Quant’s clothes personified the energy and fun of swinging London and Quant became a powerful role model for the working woman. Challenging conventions, she is known as the face of the miniskirt and popularised colourful tights and tailored trousers – encouraging a new age of feminism.

Inspiring young women to rebel against traditional dress worn by their mothers and grandmothers, Quant turned a tiny boutique on the King’s Road, London, into a wholesale brand available in department stores across the UK, US, Europe and Australia. Quant’s success soon hit New Zealand, where her designs made fashion less exclusive and more accessible to a new generation.

Receiving unprecedented access to Dame Mary Quant’s Archive, as well as drawing on the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest public collection of Quant garments in the world, the show will bring together over 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics, sketches and photographs.

Mary Quant is a V&A exhibition touring the world.

About the V&A

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. 


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Adult $24.50
Seniors and Community Card holders $21
Student [with Student ID] $20
Children 12 and under FREE
(All children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Adult ticket and exhibition catalogue $80 (Limited to 100 bundles)

How to book

On the day – You can buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Friday 10 December 2021 – Sunday 13 March 2022) from the Gallery's information desk on our Ground level.

More information

Prices include GST. Booking and delivery fees, where charged, are additional to the admission price. There is no entry charge for children aged 12 or under. 

Auckland Art Gallery Members go FREE:

  • Present your membership card at the information desk on the day of your visit and you will be issued with a ticket to the exhibition.
  • Members with guest passes may also bring their guests for FREE.
  • Become a Member on the day of your visit to Mary Quant: Fashion Revoulutionary to receive a refund of the price of your exhibition ticket.

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Post Fossil Fashion Practices
Post Fossil Fashion Practices

Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm


Post Fossil Fashion Practices

Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm


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Fashion Icons: how Mary Quant influenced Kate Sylvester
Fashion Icons: how Mary Quant influenced Kate Sylvester


Talk - Standard $15, Talk - Members $13.50, Talk + Members Meet – Members only $52.50 Book now

Celebrate Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary with a conversation between Aotearoa New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester and Creative and Fashion Director of Viva Magazine, Dan Ahwa. Following the talk, Members can enjoy an exclusive opportunity to meet Kate Sylvester in the Members Lounge.

Fashion Icons: how Mary Quant influenced Kate Sylvester


Talk - Standard $15, Talk - Members $13.50, Talk + Members Meet – Members only $52.50 Book now

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Quant-inspired Fashion Illustration Workshop
Quant-inspired Fashion Illustration Workshop


From $150 Book now

Harnessing the youthful spirit of the sixties and embracing new mass-production techniques, Mary Quant created a new look for modern women. Be inspired by Quants work and play around with different materials and styles to create your own mini fashion sketch portfolio.



Please book at least two weeks in advance of your visit to secure entry to this exhibition.

Adult groups

If you are visiting in a group, advanced booking is strongly recommended to guarantee entry. Booked groups will be prioritised and very large groups may need to be admitted into the exhibition in smaller groups. All adult group visits receive a 10% discount on the standard admission price.

Adults: $22
Seniors and Community Card holders: $19


Secondary, tertiary, education group bookings

Secondary school group students: $10
Tertiary group students: $18

Teacher/adult-to-student ratios apply:

Years 1–4 / Ages 5–9 – 1:6
Years 5–7 / Ages 10–11 – 1:7
Years 7–10 / Ages 12–15 – 1:10
Years 11–13 / Ages 16–18 – 1:30

We reserve the right to add extra staff to supervise large groups and charges may apply – please book in advance to confirm.

Discounted entry is only available with a booking. Unbooked student groups and accompanying adults are charged at the standard admission prices. Teacher/Adult to student ratios apply to all student groups.

To make a group booking please email us.



When can I see Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary?

The exhibition is on show at Auckland Art Gallery from Friday 10 December 2021 – Sunday 13 March 2022. The exhibition is open during normal Gallery hours, 10am–5pm daily and 10am–9pm Fridays, except Christmas day. The Gallery will not open late on Friday 24 and Friday 31 December and will instead close at 5pm.

Where is the exhibition located?

Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary is on Level 1 of the Gallery.

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets on any day of the exhibition (Friday 10 December 2021 – Sunday 13 March 2022) from the Gallery's information desk on Ground level.

Are there discounts for children?

Children aged 12 and under are FREE. Please note that children aged under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Can I enter more than once with my ticket?

Any-day tickets provide you with exhibition admission on a single day only, but you may visit the exhibition more than once during that day.

Auckland Art Gallery Members and Members Guests receive FREE unlimited entry to Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary.

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How do I become a Member and see the exhibition for free?

Gallery Members receive free unlimited entry to Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. Follow the link to become a member. 

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Why is there a charge for this exhibition?

Your ticket price contributes to the costs involved in mounting an exhibition of this scale and calibre and of bringing international objects on loan to New Zealand.

How much time should I allow to view the exhibition?

We recommend allowing 60–90 minutes to view Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. Last entry is usually at 4pm daily and at 8pm on Fridays.

Is there a programme of events associated with Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary?

Yes, the exhibition is accompanied by a special visitor programme. See What’s on for more details. You can also subscribe to our fortnightly e-newsletter to receive the latest information on upcoming events straight to your email inbox.

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Can I take photographs in the exhibition?

Yes, photography without flash for personal use is permitted for the vast majority of the exhibition. Where there are exclusions 'no photography' signage will be on display. View the Gallery's full photography policy.

Is Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary suitable for families and children?

Yes! We encourage and welcome families with children of all ages to visit Mary Quant: Fashion Revolutionary. Children aged 12 and under go FREE.

After viewing the exhibition, extend your visit with a trip to Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre. 

Please note we don't allow food or drink in the exhibition and ask that you don't touch the artworks.

Where can I park?

We recommend Auckland Transport's Victoria Street carpark which is located a few hundred metres up the road from the Gallery.

Do groups – including education groups – need to make a booking?

Yes. Bookings for groups (including adult education groups) of 10 or more people should be made by emailing us with the details of your group, group size, and preferred date(s) and time(s) of visit.

Booked groups will be prioritised.