11 Unforgettable Miniskirts In History
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By Brienne Walsh
British designer Mary Quant started a fashion revolution when she raised the hemlines of her skirts a few inches above the knee in 1965. It didn't take long for the mini to become a symbol of freedom and unconventionality, popularized by everyone from Princess Diana to Britney Spears. Check out 11 unforgettable moments in the miniskirt's history, from the '60s to today.
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When model Jean Shrimpton wore a mini to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 1965, she caused an international sensation. Today, her above-the-knee hemline would be considered downright conservative.
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The trend quickly caught on in London, and everyone from Twiggy to Yoko Ono began wearing miniskirts as an integral part of the Swinging Sixties look.
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Actress Sharon Tate wore a puff-sleeved minidress for her wedding to director Roman Polanski in 1968.
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Feminist activists like Jane Fonda embraced the skin-baring style, wearing the short hemline in '70s materials like lambskin, crochet and suede.
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Body-hugging miniskirts also grew popular in the punk movement. Designer Vivienne Westwood carried them in Sex, the London boutique she helped run in the mid-'70s, and Blondie front woman Debbie Harry wore super-short skirts while performing.
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By the '80s, pop performers had turned punk mainstream, and singers like Madonna and Cyndi Lauper wore tulle miniskirts with leather jackets and ripped tights.
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Even Princess Diana wore a miniskirt with sheer stockings and a double-breasted suit blazer in the early '90s. Guess Kate Middleton's not the first royal trendsetter.
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Miniskirts were a wardrobe staple by the mid-'90s. In 1995, Alicia Silverstone's Clueless character Cher made the schoolgirl-style mini a must-have.
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In the early aughts, pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera took the hemlines of their minis to daring new heights!
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The mini, a fixture on last year's fall runways, is enjoying another bout of popularity. Here, Jessica Alba shows off her legs in a sophisticated take on the skirt.
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While the miniskirt is no longer a revolutionary style statement, the silhouette is certainly still stylish and modern, as seen on actress Blake Lively.
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