Mini Series Let us tell you a short story. It starts in 5400 BC, with ancient figures depicting women in above-the-knee skirts. After a bit of a break, the 1920s saw hemlines rise to the knee, falling again (along with the stock market) during the Great Depression. With wartime rationing, the shorter skirt was back in the early 1940s, only to fall again post-war. It was the couturiers who presaged the swinging 60s, with Balenciaga’s ‘sack dress’ and Yves Saint Laurent’s 1959 Trapeze line for Dior. André Courrèges received international recognition for his 1964 couture collection featuring short skirts, while street-focused Mary Quant brought shorter and shorter looks to a mass market of younger and less affluent fashionistas. The mini became a symbol of youth—rebellious, liberated, street. Once the look appeared, it wasn’t to go away again for any length of time, and it has reappeared with a vengeance in 2022. Want to be really subversive? Wear vintage minis brought to you by VFG members!