Fashion · Photography

Norman Parkinson

“I like to make people look as good as they’d like to look, and with luck, a shade better” — Norman Parkinson

Parkinson is known for capturing the fashion world from the 40s through to the 90s, introducing innovative juxtapositions, unexpected props and exotic locations. His whimsical photography and quintessentially British charm made him the “grandfather of British fashion photography.” I love his imaginative flair for colour and composition that blended humour and elegance.

“The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin’s bullet. Or it can be the lotion of the heart.”

Carmen Dell’Orefice on Norman Parkinson…
“Parkinson wasn’t looking to show the ugly of life. He was trying to portray the beauty and the harmony. He controlled his lust through his art form. And he was such a gentleman.”

Seeing his work at the Vogue exhibition was just so inspirational and definitely stood out for me.

“A photographer without a magazine behind him is like a farmer without fields.”

See below his collaboration with Charlotte Tilbury!



Charlotte Tilbury’s first brand collaboration involved Norman Parkins. Tilbury has teamed up with Norman Parkinson’s family on a collection dedicated to and decorated with the Vogue photographer’s world-renowned work.

At the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition shop also carried the collection. (I wish I took a picture! She made products that will recreate the makeup looks in some of his most iconic photographs and muses and decorated the palettes and makeup bags with his glamorous images.


“I have always been fascinated and inspired by the incredible work of Norman Parkinson. He is a legendary photographer that, in the fashion world, we turn to again and again as a reference and an inspiration – his work is on every moodboard,” Tilbury said. “After visiting the gallery of 750,000 negatives and 3,000 original prints, we came up with the idea of creating a limited-edition line in homage to his grandfather’s incredible body of work. I’m so proud of how each piece looks – like covetable vintage compacts that you can be proud to use in public.”

The key Parkinson image used in the collection is the Jerry Hall cover of Vogue’s May 1975 issue. The compact not only bears the famous image, but the blendable formula is designed to mimic the photographer’s unique way of capturing and using light to enhance a model’s beauty.


“Parkinson’s ability to capture light hugely influences how I think about make-up – that whole soft-focus look.”


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