1 of 17 portraits of Jean Shrimpton
by David Bailey
bromide print, 1963
20 in. x 13 1/2 in. (508 mm x 344 mm)
Artistback to top
- David Bailey (1938-), Photographer and film-maker. Artist or producer of 35 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Fashion Icons, p. 138 Read entry
David Bailey (b.1938) recalled first meeting model Jean Shrimpton (b.1942) in early 1961 on a Kellogg's Cornflakes photoshoot with Brian Duffy (1933–2010). Shrimpton's first modelling session with Bailey was on 12 April later that year for an Acrilan textile advertisement. It marked the beginning of the pair's frequent collaboration throughout the 1960s, which redefined fashion photography through dramatic lighting, composition and pose. This photograph was shot in Bailey's studio and a variant was published in the November 1963 issue of Queen magazine. Shrimpton wears an elegant fitted dress with a diamanté brooch, her figure enhanced against an elongated chair.
- Faces of the Century, 1999 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 22 October 1999 to 30 January 2000), p. 64
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Blow Up: Sixties Photography Exposed (21 September 2002 - 27 April 2003)
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Events of 1963back to top
Current affairsThe Secretary of State for War, John Profumo is found to have lied to the House of Commons when he denied having an affair with the showgirl, Christine Keeler. The Profumo Affair was a public scandal for the Conservative party, and ultimately contributed to the resignation of Harold Macmillan.
Art and scienceDoctor Who is first broadcast on the BBC with William Hartnell playing the Doctor. This long running science fiction series about an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in his police-box-shaped Tardis has been watched by generations of viewers (often from behind the back of the sofa), and features imaginative, but traditionally low-budget, special effects, innovative electronic music, and the Doctor's greatest enemy, the Daleks.
InternationalJohn F. Kennedy is assassinated in Texas. The arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for his murder did not prevent a score of conspiracy theories involving Cuba, the CIA, the KGB, and the Mafia among others.
Martin Luther King delivers his 'I have a dream' speech, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement in America and helping to secure him the Nobel Peace Prize' in 1964.
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