The tunic, is based on a tradtional garemnet original worn by Ancient Greeks and Romans. For centuries men wore this together with leggings or tights as thier working attire. In the 1950s, however when it appeared as women's wear, in the shape of the miniskirt, it was seen as an outrage. This was because it was exposing the female body to some extent. Quant rebelled and started her own designs to get away from the stuffy teenage fashions of the 1950s. Her clothes were comfortable, loose smocks without bodices, petticoats or frills.