Norman Parkinson Archive

Hyde Park Corner

London, United Kingdom, February 1951

Hyde Park Corner, London, United Kingdom, February 1951
'Casual town quality: Like many of her fellow countrywomen, she carries an elegant version of the 'tweed' look to town; has her own national chic of easy tailored suit and simple hat. She keeps her country habit of walking: here, near Rotten Row, at Hyde Park Corner. Hardy Amies grey and white flecked Cumberland homespun suit. Black Persian lamb box coat: NAtional Fur Co. Wide-brimmed black felt pull-on hat: Scotts classic. Black kid gloves: Harrods. Black silk umbrella; Swaine, Adeney, Brigg.' Wenda Parkinson photographed for British Vogue, February 1951, page 53. Wenda was Parkinson’s wife – an actress and model, they met in 1947 after she was introduced to Parkinson by Cecil Beaton who had seen her onstage. Parkinson photographed Wenda for Vogue on countless occasions – she was his most enduring muse and features in many of his most iconic images. In his 1983 memoir, ‘Lifework’, Parkinson wrote: '[Wenda] ….offered to my camera a quiet beauty that does not look so out of date today….it is frozen, it is permanent and it does not age.'

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Limited Edition Posthumous Print [2009]

Silver gelatin print
Size: 40 × 50 cm | 15.7 × 19.7 in


London, United Kingdom, February 1951

Publication

British Vogue

Decade

1950s

Category

Fashion

Model

Wenda Parkinson

Designer

Hardy Amies