Jean Shrimpton, A 60s Fashion Icon
When looking back at the styles of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most iconic fashion icons is supermodel and Vogue covergirl Jean Shrimpton. At one time the highest paid model in the world, London's Jean Shrimpton is a muse for vintage fashion lovers. Check out this post for major vintage inspo.
Jean Shrimpton was an absolute icon in the world of fashion. She is the face of mod style, and her forward-leaning fashion sense influences what we wear today.
For example, one of her most iconic looks is a white mini skirt. Shrimpton's mini-skirt look took the world by storm when she showed off the look in 1965 at Australia's Derby Day, where she wore a white shift dress designed by Colin Rolfe that ended 10cm above the knees. The media latched onto this style, and helped it become a major trend that women and girls still rock to this day. This outfit caused a lot of ruckus, especially because she did not wear stockings under her dress. In her memoir, she simply said that "The day of the races was a hot one, so I didn't bother to wear any stockings." Read the full story here.
At 17 years old, Shrimpton began modeling and by her mid-twenties, she was world famous. She was born in 1942 in Buckinghamshire, England and raised on a farm. Her modeling career began at the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy, a modeling school in London. Her career was catapulted by her scandalous relationship with David Bailey, a well-known photographer of the era who chose Shrimpton as his muse throughout both of their careers.
Throughout her career, she was featured in highly coveted publications such as Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and dabbled in acting, starring in films such as Privilege.
Shrimpton's long-running career resulted in her being dubbed "the face of the 60s" - and for good reason. Her style still influences fashion today. Here are a few looks to incorporate into your wardrobe that Shrimpton deserves some credit for.
Floral Mini Dress
We've talked about the mini skirt, so of course incorporating a mini style into your wardrobe is a must-have. But Jean Shrimpton, in 1965, also set the stage for the ever-popular floral mini dress, a look we're all still dying over today. Check out how Jean styled hers here.
Bold Patterns, Maxi Dress
Jean Shrimpton was so iconic because her style evolved so effortlessly. Her mod glam looks of the 60s looked just as stunning and were just as influential as her carefree 70s looks, such as the flowy floral maxi dress, as pictured here.
This look oozed beach vibes. If you're looking to recreate something similar, we recommend the Austin Halter Maxi Dress or the Flower Child Set, if you're feeling a little more daring. The Austin Halter Maxi Dress recreates a carefree, beach look in bold color and patterns. It is modernized with a detailed hem and halter top. The Flower Child Set has a similar pattern as the original dress that Jean wore and has 70s vibes with bell sleeves, but comes in a modernized two-piece set.
Austin Halter Maxi Dress
Flower Child Set
We all know that polkadots are making a HUGE comeback this year, and what better way to celebrate that and a huge fashion icon than integrating this staple pattern into your wardrobe? See how Jean wore a stunning polkadot Mary Quant dress in 1964 here and see below for our top polkadot looks.
Was this your first time hearing about our muse Jean Shrimpton? If so, let us know what you think in the comments! And if you use her style influences in your next outfit, tag us on IG and let us know! We'd love to see how you babes rock these iconic looks.
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