People: May 17, 1968

Only one year ago, when designers began gingerly experimenting with hemlines lowered to midcalf (midi) or ankle (maxi). British Mod Designer Mary Quant, 34, who hiked up the first miniskirts, declared: "The miniskirt is here to stay." She says she still thinks so—although nearly half the 80 dresses she showed in London for next fall and winter were either midi or maxi. Quoth Quant: "It's not that the mini is out. It has such freedom of movement that I'll always use it. But why should I get hung up on one particular hemline? I had hoped that by now...

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