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An iconic clothing shop chain that has now vanished from our high streets was once THE place in Manchester to meet friends or a date.

In the days before online shopping, high street store Chelsea Girl was the trendiest place to pick up the latest fashions. Founded in 1965, it was the UK's first fashion boutique chain and quickly became the stuff of teenage girls' and young women's dreams.

In the swinging '60s, women's fashions developed a new identity. Miniskirts, A-line dresses and floral jump-suits were the sartorial statements young women were looking for and Chelsea Girl aimed to offer cutting edge fashion at prices everyone could afford. Read More: The 90s Northern Quarter classics where Mancunians loved to eat and drink Read More: 12 of Manchester's favourite pubs from the 80s and 90s that are no longer around With eye-popping colours, patterns and new age attitudes towards women's clothing conjured up by leading designers such as Mary Quant, boutiques soon popped up across the UK.

In Greater Manchester, there were several stores including in Bury and Oldham, but no doubt the most recognisable was the shop that opened in Manchester's Piccadilly.

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