Norman Parkinson – Marie-Hélène Arnaud, Vogue Cover, 1957

Actress and model Marie-Hélène Vogue Cover, 1957

Artist: © Norman Parkinson


Medium: Archival Pigment Print

Edition: Limited Edition 21

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Arnaud poses for a Vogue Cover, released in August 1957. Marie-Helene was house model for Chanel in the 1950s and her film parts between 1956-64 including a non speaking role in the Oscar winning film Gigi .. for which Cecil Beaton won Oscar for costume design. In this cover, Marie-Helene poses in a John Cavanagh Fucshia Pink Tweed Suit for the first ready-to-wear collect designed for Berg Of Mayfair. Her matching beret is by Simone Mirman and cost 30 Guineas and Blouse 19 Guineaus At Harrods and other shops..  Arnaud poses in a Rover 10 S sprayed pink especially for the Vogue shoot.


Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated fashion photographer. He pioneered epic storytelling in his images, taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into the art. His photographs created the age of the supermodel and made him the photographer of choice for celebrities, artists, Presidents and Prime Ministers. He was a permanent fixture at historic moments photographing the British Royal Family, in private and public, as well as leading figures from the worlds of film, theatre, and music. Subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, Jerry Hall and countless others. In a career that spanned seven decades, Parkinson dazzled the world and inspired his peers with sparkling inventiveness as a portrait and fashion photographer.


Parkinson worked for a wide range of publications, notably Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country and other international magazines, which brought him worldwide recognition. He reinvented himself and fashion photography throughout his career, from his ground-breaking, spontaneous images of the 1930s, through the war years and the Swinging Sixties to the exotic locations of the 1970s and 1980s. By the end of his life he had become a household name, the recipient of a CBE, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and the subject of a large scale retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London. And yet fewer than 200 of his photographs have ever been seen or exhibited outside of their initial publication and his archive of more than 500,000 images provides a historic record, rich to explore. Norman Parkinson died whist on location in Singapore shooting for Town & Country in 1990.

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