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Fashion models (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)1/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveFashion models wear a variety of hats on the roof of the Conde Nast Building against a view of the New York skyline, 1949
Katherine Pastrie  (© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)2/10
© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveKatherine Pastrie modelling a Bernard Devaux Hat
David Bowie (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)3/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveDavid Bowie, 1977
Adele Collins  (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)4/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveAdele Collins wearing a red hat
Model posing for British Vogue (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)5/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveModel Posing for British Vogue, 1951
Maggie Smith (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)6/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveMaggie Smith, 1970s
Model wearing a hat (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)7/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveModel wearing a Legroux Soeurs Hat, 1952
Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)8/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveMick Jagger and Jerry Hall, 1981
Ava Gardner (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)9/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveAva Gardner for Vogue, 1953
Norman Parkinson (Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive)10/10
Corbis/© Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson ArchiveNorman Parkinson poses for a self-portrait for Esquire Magazine, 1985

Norman Parkinson's Century of Style: the best bits

As a retrospective of his work gets under way, we pick our favourite images by the father of modern fashion photography

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'Any photographer who surrounds himself with a studio is doomed,' said Norman Parkinson, whose work is the subject of a very stylish retrospective at the National Theatre. Parkinson was the man who shook the dust off staid fashion photography by placing his models in, for the time, unlikely settings.

Parkinson's 'Century of Style' exhibition reveals how, from his early work in the 1930s until his death in 1990, Parkinson pioneered many of the things we're used to seeing in the glossy magazine shoots today – like exotic locations and odd props. 'I like to make people look as good as they'd like to look, and with luck, a shade better,' Parkinson said. We say 'hats off to him'.
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