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Father of Modern Fashion on Display in London

Date Posted: 04/03/13

Father of Modern Fashion on Display in London

Those on London breaks with an eye for fashion should pay a visit to the National Theatre to check out a major retrospective of Norman Parkinson's work on the centenary of his birth.

Regarded as the father of modern fashion photography, the Englishman born in 1913 was a pioneer who took models out of the studio and into exotic locations - stylistic traits that are now commonplace in today's glossy magazines.

"Any photographer who surrounds himself with a studio is doomed," said Parkinson, who also introduced unusual props and striking juxtapositions into his fashion shots.

Some of his standout images include ladies showing off a variety of hats against the backdrop of the New York skyline and a model walking under the propellers of a plane.

The Norman Parkinson's 'Century of Style' show runs until 12 May in the Lyttelton Exhibition Space at the National Theatre on the South Bank. The exhibition is free to visit.

Posted by Becky Spence

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