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V&A bids for snippets of fashion history on eBay

V&A bids for snippets of fashion history on eBay as the museum uses online auction site to buy pieces by 1960s style icon Mary Quant

  • Curator admits that the V&A bought museum exhibits from auction site eBay
  • The museum’s display of fashion designer Mary Quant features unseen items
  • The auction site played a vital role in getting pieces for the popular exhibition

The museum’s display of work by 1960s fashion designer Mary Quant (pictured) includes more than 200 garments and accessories, including previously unseen items

It hardly seems the place to hunt for highbrow museum exhibits.

But eBay played a vital role in a popular exhibition at the V&A, the show’s curator has revealed.

The museum’s display of work by 1960s fashion designer Mary Quant (pictured) includes more than 200 garments and accessories, including previously unseen items.

And curator Jenny Lister admitted that the London museum bought some pieces from the online auction site. 

She told the Cheltenham Literature Festival: ‘I’ve been keeping an eye on eBay and we bought a few things. They are quite available, which means collectors aren’t going for them.’

She added that Miss Quant, now in her eighties, was avant-garde not only in designing the mini-skirt but also through her use of brand identity, with her daisy logo instantly recognisable. 

The V&A exhibition has attracted 300,000 visitors since its launch in April.

EBay played a vital role in a popular exhibition at the V&A, the show¿s curator has revealed. Curator Jenny Lister admitted that the London museum bought some pieces from the online auction site

EBay played a vital role in a popular exhibition at the V&A, the show’s curator has revealed. Curator Jenny Lister admitted that the London museum bought some pieces from the online auction site

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