Known as The Face of the 60s and The Symbol of Swinging London, Jean Shrimpton was one of the world’s first supermodels. A week before new television programme, We’ll Take Manhattan, which explores the love affair between the Sixties model and photographer, David Bailey, is launched, a number of unseen shots of the star have been released and put on sale capturing her doe-eyed pose.
The British Invasion in 1960s gave way to a new breed of model. Shifting from an aristocratic, ladylike look in the 50s to the youthful, quirky photographs that came about in the 1960s, Jean Shrimpton reigned in the world of fashion. Twiggy and Penelope Tree joined the ‘Shrimp’ to change the way the public looked at fashion, defining a new generation featuring beehive hairstyles and A-Line dresses.
Ronald Falloon may not be as renowned as say David Bailey, Cecil Beaton and Barry Lategan for shooting models in 1960s but he captured some famous names: Rolling Stones and Noel Coward and is known for a lot of the iconic shots of Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton before they were famous and exclusive. This week, he releases two photographs never before printed along with a series of other models.
He photographed Shrimpton in his denim shirt for an impromptu shoot which was supposed to feature in the first ever Sunday Telegraph supplement. Unfortunately, the photos never made it to print and remained relatively unseen, until now. Falloon has released two shots to be sold with a number of other 60s models photographs including Twiggy and Marianne Faithfull for £1,200 a piece.
Tomorrow will see the launch of new one part television drama based on Jean Shrimpton’s career. Named We’ll Take Manhattan, the drama brings a story of two young people falling in love, changing the fashion style of the time along the way.
Set in 1962, the story follows a young Jean Shrimpton on a Vogue photo shoot in New York and explores a refusal to conform to society thus producing a collection of original photographs to shock fashion editor at the time, Clare Rendlesham.
Jean Shrimpton is played by Karen Gillan of Dr Who and Aneurin Barnard who graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2008. Catch the show tomorrow evening at 9pm on BBC4.