Iconic Photos by Norman Parkinson

By Benjamin Schwarz
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Before Parkinson and Martin Munkacsi, fashon models had appeared static and studied; Parkinson aimed to "unbolt their knees," and to suggest action and playfulness by taking "moving pictures with a still camera"—here is his famous, revolutionary snap of Pamela Minchin in sunglasses and a Fortnum and Mason swimsuit, leaping on the Isle of Wight, 1939


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Wenda, Hyde Park Corner, 1951, in a Hardy Amies suit


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Worlds Collide: Wenda, in a hand-knit cashmere twinset, 1951


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Postwar Glamour: Hat fashions, from the roof the Conde Nast building, New York 1949
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Very New Look: Wenda and Barbara Goalen in Hardy Amies and Molyneux coats, outside the National Gallery, 1949


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Wenda with ostriches, 1951


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Adele Collins in an Otto Lucas toque, 1959


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Mid Century Exuberance: New York, New York, 1955
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Brief Encounter: Wenda in Aquascutum coat, 1947


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Models in coats—the left center one is, I think, wearing Balenciaga. London docks, 1959
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Anne Chambers, in (I think) a Simpson suit, with street urchins, London, 1948


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Wedding Outfits: Three Victor Stiebel dresses, Eaton Terrace, 1938


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Wenda in Dorville suit, hat by Simone Mirman, 1952


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