Jean Shrimpton

I’m a bit behind with things at the moment – mostly I’ve been in the shop, so there hasn’t been as much time as I like for getting new stock ready, or answering emails or catching up on various things – I still haven’t finished setting up my new stockroom after moving last November.

In the meantime, I thought you might like to see some lovely 1960s photos by John French of Jean Shrimpton – after Twiggy, perhaps the most successful face of English fashion from the elegance of the early ‘sixties to the Mod era of Carnaby Street. Personally, I love her fresh face, fine bone structure and thick hair.

Jeannie holds a special place in Australian fashion history – in 1965 she shocked Melbourne society by turning up on Derby Day (during the Spring racing carnival) in a mini dress with no hat, no gloves and no stockings. It was a small thing, and she didn’t intend to ruffle feathers, but it was a big step in our evolving fashion styles.

Apparently she didn’t care much for fashion, and perhaps that’s why she wears clothes so well – she looks as much at home in an evening dress as she does in a simple shift. Aged 67 now, I’m sure she still looks fabulous.


  1. Thanks Sarah – I was just checking out the website. The hotel looks lovely! Hmm, I’m overdue for an Agatha Christie style holiday and The Abbey looks immensely suitable.

  2. Maybe Jean will serve your eggs for breakfast!

    Penzance is gorgeous old town too – we were only there a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure you’d love it.

  3. That would be lovely – and when we come to Cornwall, we’ll have to add in a visit to see you and Louise too. I miss your lovely country.

  4. Gorgeous photos. I reckon Jean was one of the most beautiful women of the 20th century … she sure was photogenic. I’m glad to hear she has made a nice life for herself away from the prying eyes of the media.

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