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A former director of the renowned Mary Quant fashion house has helped produce a film about the iconic designer which had a red carpet premiere in Bury St Edmunds.

Heather Tilbury Phillips, 79, is an associate producer on the documentary, Quant, which was shown to friends and family at Abbeygate Cinema on Monday.

The cinema will be screening the film to the public from today until Thursday.

Heather Tilbury Phillips at the screening of Quant at Abbeygate cinema. Picture by Andy Abbott
Heather Tilbury Phillips at the screening of Quant at Abbeygate cinema. Picture by Andy Abbott

Heather, who lives near Bury St Edmunds, worked as a director of Mary Quant Limited in the 1970s.

“The film will appeal to all ages and not just those that are interested in fashion,” said Heather.

Barbara Mary Quant is credited for being the creative mind of the swinging sixties fashion – bringing the women’s trouser movement, mini-skirts and hot pants into the forefront of feminine fashion.

Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott
Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott

Heather said she approached the Abbeygate cinema to host the premier because those closest to her had been very supportive while the film was being made and she wanted to express her gratitude to them.

Heather said she first met Mary Quant and her husband Alexander Plunkett-Greene in 1967 while Heather was working for the seatbelt company Kangol which, at the time, had the licence for Quant’s line of berets.

She soon became their publicity manager after Quant asked Heather to join the couple at their office in Chelsea.

Heather said she became responsible for aspects of promotion for Mary Quant herself, the Quant brand, the Ginger Group and the licensees.

Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott
Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott

“It was a fantastic, exciting and stimulating time but it was also highly stressful,” said Heather.

During her time working for the brand, Heather said the team was surprisingly small, but everyone felt like family.

“She is so inspirational and enterprising in that she engendered enormous affection whilst having a steely determination at the same time,” said Heather.

After leaving Quant, Heather ran her own very successful London based marketing and consultancy company for nearly 30 years.

Former Director of Mary Quant Limited, Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott
Former Director of Mary Quant Limited, Heather Tilbury Phillips is the Associate Producer of the documentary. Picture by Andy Abbott

She was approached to be part of the film following her work organising a Victoria and Albert Museum display of Quant’s work.

Throughout her life, Heather has been involved in numerous projects across Suffolk including the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds and Gainsborough House in Sudbury.

Robyn Aslett, Heather Tilbury Phillips and Gill Aslett at the screening of Quant. Picture by Andy Abbott
Robyn Aslett, Heather Tilbury Phillips and Gill Aslett at the screening of Quant. Picture by Andy Abbott
Amanda Wearing, David Taylor, Emma Suckling, Fiona Pearson, Julia Read at the film screening. Picture by Andy Abbott
Amanda Wearing, David Taylor, Emma Suckling, Fiona Pearson, Julia Read at the film screening. Picture by Andy Abbott

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