Fifty years after a small London designer, Mary Quant, debuted her head-turning, boundary-crossing, fashion-changing, societal barometer known as the mini skirt, it's still a hot commodity. According to eBay sales data, it's the second most-sold skirt style worldwide, falling below its more conservative cousin the A-line. In hot spots like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami, though, showing a lot of leg still reigns supreme. To celebrate half a decade of the spirit of London's swinging '60s and the mother of the mini, see 20 shortened skirt moments worth remembering.
October 30, 1965
The mini dress, designed by Mary Quant, makes its chic debut on British fashion model Jean Shrimpton at Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, instantly changing the way women dress.
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November 2, 1965
The skirt then gets its moment, again on the gorgeous Jean Shrimpton at the Melbourne races in Australia.
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The revolutionist Mary Quant in her own design.
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September 2, 1966
French actress Brigitte Bardot shows off a shortened skirt in London.
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March 22, 1967
Actress Charlotte Rampling.
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August 21, 1967
The girl who wore a mini especially well — British fashion model Twiggy arriving with legs for miles in London.
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June 5, 1969
Jane Fonda and her daughter arriving in Le Havre.
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June 5, 1969
A ladylike take on the trend, Jackie Kennedy-Onassis wears a demure length style with husband Aristotle at JFK Airport in New York.
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