Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Jean Shrimpton wears an abbreviated dress.

In 1965, British model Jean Shrimpton attended the annual Derby Day event at Melbournes's Flemington race course. Oblivious to the conservative society's standard of dress and decorum, she arrived without a hat or gloves, and wore a short dress that accentuated her shapely bare legs. Although the fashion world had tried to introduce the mini skirt before, the idea was met with only a lukewarm response. After Shrimpton's appearance, and the news and controversy she unwittingly sparked, the mini skirt was officially 'in.'

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