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chelsea girl artwork

  • Jean Shrimpton, arguably the first supermodel, rose to fame in the 1960s. She unwittingly caused a great deal of controversy at the Derby Day (30th October 1965) in Australia when she wore a white shift dress (which exposed her knees), no hats, stockings or gloves - the delicate Australians having never seen a mini-skirt before.

  • It made the tabloids with The Sun (Melbourne) publishing the photograph on its front page on the 1st November.

  • The event immortalised by a sketch - simply titled Jean Shrimpton Knees (1965).

  • Arista's head of business affairs Robert White had this picture hanging in his office, and after spotting it, Jim wanted it for the Chelsea Girl single - even though Bruce had already commissioned artwork. But the singer prevailed and a modified Jean Shrimpton picture graced the sleeve.

  • The commissioned painting eventually got 'lost' - much to Bruce's annoyance!