Fashion designer Dame Mary Quant, credited with popularising the mini skirt, has died at the age of 93. 

Her family confirmed that the designer who had revolutionised womenswear during the Swinging Sixties died peacefully at her home in Surrey on Thursday morning.

A statement released on behalf of her family added: "Dame Mary, aged 93, was one of the most internationally recognised fashion designers of the 20th century and an outstanding innovator of the Swinging Sixties.

“She opened her first shop Bazaar in the Kings Road in 1955 and her far-sighted and creative talents quickly established a unique contribution to British fashion.”

Her clothes were popularised by famous faces including model Jean Shrimpton, photographer and model Pattie Boyd, Cilla Black and Twiggy, with Boyd remembering her as a "true icon" following the news of her death.
Boyd recalled on Twitter how Dame Mary made her and her former husband George Harrison's wedding coats, sharing an image from the ceremony in 1966 which shows her and the Beatles star donning the fur coats.
She wrote: "Very sad news today to learn of the passing of the 60s daringly creative, fun genius, much-loved lady, Dame Mary Quant.
"Mary insisted on making George's and my wedding coats in 1966; his, Black Mongolian Fur and mine, Red Fox. A true icon. RIP."

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Dame Mary is said to have encouraged a new age of feminism through her clothing which rebelled against traditional garments. 

A major exhibition celebrating her work is due to take place at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum next month. 

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It will make the return of the V&A major retrospective of Dame Mary from an international tour.

Born in south-east London on February 11 1930, Dame Mary was the daughter of two Welsh school teachers.

She gained a diploma in the 1950s in art education at Goldsmiths College, where she met her husband Alexander Plunket Greene, who later helped establish her brand.

Dame Mary was taken on as an apprentice to a milliner before making her own clothes and in 1955 opened Bazaar, a boutique on the King's Road in Chelsea.

Following the news, fellow designer Sir Paul Smith said: "I'm very sad to hear about the passing of Mary Quant, she was a brave innovator who was constantly modern, willing to shock and blessed with a business and personal partner, Plunket Greene, who could help turn her ideas into reality."
Professor Frances Corner, warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, added: "Dame Mary was a pioneer who made an indelible mark on society through her visionary work."

In 2014, Dame Mary, who named the skirt after her favourite make of car, recalled its "feeling of freedom and liberation".
She said: "It was the girls on King's Road who invented the mini. I was making clothes which would let you run and dance and we would make them the length the customer wanted.
"I wore them very short and the customers would say, 'shorter, shorter'."
Other styles from the 1960s included Peter Pan collars, as well as knitwear, swimwear and accessories and garments made using Butterick patterns.

Dame Mary also revolutionised the high street with hot pants, and trousers for women, as well as accessories, tights and make-up, while using the daisy brand design that became synonymous with her creations.
She broke into the American market in 1962 following a deal with US department store chain JC Penny for clothing and underwear design.
From that point onward, she was inundated with requests for designs in various fields from Britain, Europe and US.
In 1964, she launched her own cosmetics brand. She resigned as the director of the company in 2000 after a Japanese buyout which soon produced more than 200 Mary Quant Colour shops in Japan.
She was made a dame for services to British fashion in the 2015 Queen's New Year list and was appointed a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the most recent New Year Honours list.
The special award is granted to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government.
She was also awarded the prestigious Hall of Fame Award by the British Fashion Council for her contribution to British fashion in 1990.

Alexandra Shulman, former editor-in-chief of British Vogue, also described the designer as a "visionary".
She wrote on Twitter: "RIP Dame Mary Quant. A leader of fashion but also in female entrepreneurship- a visionary who was much more than a great haircut."

A spokesperson for Glasgow Life said: “Our thoughts are with Dame Mary Quant’s family, friends, colleagues and fans today. Her iconic designs define recent generations and revolutionised fashion. We are due to be hosting an exhibition of her work, in partnership with the V&A, starting next month. Ticket sales for the exhibition have been put on hold for now following her death.”