In 1949, Norman Parkinson, already an established name in photography for British Vogue, wrote to the famed art director of American Vogue, Alexander Liberman, and asked if he “might take a few photographs” for his magazine. Liberman replied yes, and Parkinson, along with his model/muse wife Wenda, were New York City bound. It was in front of the Sherry-Netherland hotel, a 38-story building on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street, steps from Central Park, that Parkinson photographed Wenda Parkinson.
This photo would be Parkinson’s first colour cover for American Vogue, published in November 1949.
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