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London‘s Somerset House has a fine fashion pedigree as the home of the British Fashion Council and London Fashion Week, and to the delight of us stay-cationing London fashionistas is currently hosting two fashion photography exhibitions. The retrospective Miles Aldridge: I Only Want You to Love Me runs till September 29th 2013 and coincides with the publication of a book of his cinematic work.


Having immersed yourself in the colour-bath of Aldridge’s work you must pop nextdoor see the Erwin Blumenfeld exhibition. Blumenfeld  is a master of colour creating some of the most iconic fashion photographs and portraits of the 20th century which you can enjoy along with originals, magazine covers and a short biographical film.

Lisa Fonssagrieves on the Eiffel Tower Erwin Blumenfeld for Vogue 1939

Who didn’t gasp on first seeing Lisa Fonssagrives elegantly hanging from the Eiffel Tower, for Vogue 1939.

Grace Kelly for Cosmopolitan copyright The Estate of Erwin Blumenfled

Grace Kelly‘s classic beauty captured in a 1955 shoot for Cosmopolitan.

Erwin Blumenfeld's 'Doe eye' Vogue cover

Blumenfeld’s Vogue cover shot of Jean Patchett sets the standard for the perfect 1950’s maquillage– arched brow, doe eye, beauty spot & red lips- still stunning 60 years on.

Blumenfeld’s images continue to inspire- see the Lady Dior Spring/Summer 2009 handbag campaign shot by Peter Lindbergh & featuring the striking Marion Cotillard

Lady Dior by Peter Lindbergh 2009

Sølve Sundsbø brings Blumenfeld’s iconic image to life in this Chanel promotional film for Rouge Allure– what else?

And if this all leaves you wanting just a little more- indulge in The Telegraph’s gallery of iconic Blumenfeld shots.