I am rather obsessed by 60’s fashion, and I am not a fashion buff, not in the slightest. However, I find the way girls did their makeup and dressed accordingly to their body types to be expectional. The cut crease, the dark liner, the high-arched brows, the matte complexion, the dresses, the hair! It’s all perfect and oh, so me.
I have to say that from all sixties models, my favourite one, and the one that best embodied the pointers above was Jean Shrimpton. Her work with David Bailey is incredible. I wish we had somebody like her in the current fashion world… It all feels so empty, so deserted and so sad without Jean. I’m just a pointless nostalgic, I guess, but I do love her.
Bailey’s photography was so cutting edge at the time, all edgy and pushing the boundaries of what was accepted – his vision was different, new, fresh, young, way ahead of his time. With Jean by his side, he set to conquer the world, and that he did, through his photography. Jean and David remain one of the most charismatics duos of all time in my book.
If you love Sixties fashion and Jean/David in particular, I suggest you check out ‘We’ll Take Manhattan’ (BBC4), starring Karen Gillan (Amy Pond in Doctor Who) as Jean and Aneurin Barnard as David. Here’s a link to the BBC4 page.
I’ll leave you with some of his&her work… Enjoy.