British model Jean Shrimpton helps launch the miniskirt 50 years ago today (Oct 30 1965)


Image: 'English model, Jean Shrimpton, attends Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, October 30 1965.'

(Saturday, October 30, 1965) — The miniskirt had its “coming out” of sorts today as British model Jean Shrimpton scandalized onlookers by showing up for Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, in a white, sleeveless shift dress, made by Colin Rolfe, that had a hem four inches above her knees.

Shrimpton was also criticized for not wearing a hat, gloves or stockings to such a formal occasion.


Video: '1965 ABC news report on Jean Shrimpton's visit to the Melbourne Cup.'

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