October 30, 1965 — English model Jean Shrimpton causes a global sensation—in what was later described as a pivotal moment in women’s fashion—by wearing a daring white minidress to Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia. The dress was made by Shrimpton’s dressmaker, Colin Rolfe, and its hem was a daring 4 in (10 cm) above the knee because he had not been supplied with enough fabric to complete their intended design.

  4 comments for “This Day in History

  1. October 30, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    If she had a proper hat, she was still in style. 🙂 I never knew this is how mini’s originated, but I remember them clearly. My mom used to make mine and could make a skirt with only a yard of material. You had to be very careful how you did anything in them, though, unless you planned (or did without planning) to flash underwear and whatever else!


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    • October 30, 2018 at 12:11 PM

      I’m old enough to remember the photos of Ms. Shrimpton in her prime. She was nine feet tall and bulletproof…👀


      • October 30, 2018 at 12:12 PM

        I’m pretty sure I’m old enough, too, but I wasn’t really paying attention to that sort of thing then. 🙂 Might be a guy thing as well, you think?

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      • October 30, 2018 at 1:37 PM

        Yes, ma’am.

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