Stepping out of the tardis and onto the catwalk, Doctor Who‘s leading lady Karen Gillan hits TV screens this month in BBC4 drama We’ll Take Manhattan, playing iconic style icon and international supermodel of the swinging 60s, Jean Shrimpton. The one off production focuses on Shrimpton’s relationship with photographer David Bailey (played by Aneurin Barnard), who launches her into the spotlight after choosing the unconventional model to feature in the 1962 edition of British Vogue. Beautifully set in the heart of Manhattan, a love story unravels between the pair and we learn how they unintentionally changed the face of 60s style.
‘I adore vintage clothes so this was right up my street in terms of costume,’ says self-confessed fashion lover Karen Gillan about her transformation into Jean Shrimpton. ‘The clothes that I loved the most were the ones recreated from the actual Vogue shoot. The costume department made exact replicas and they were the most beautiful clothes I’ve ever worn.’ Capturing the essence of retro fashion, Gillan recreates Shrimpton’s look to a T; sporting her wide doe-eyes, long black lashes and perfect pout, she has certainly gone that extra mile to recreate her iconic image.
Other than looking out for the daring and dynamic vintage costume changes, we are also excited to see the BBC’s portrayal of the impact Jean Shrimpton had had on the fashion industry (shift dress anyone?) whilst indulging in the scenery filmed in the striking New York environment. Watch out for the little black dress’s five minutes of fame in the recreated Vogue Photo shoot. Now there’s some retro evening dress inspiration for you!
Catch We’ll Take Manhattan drama and relive that 60s style tomorrow at 9pm on BB4 – one not to be missed.