Pink is the Navy Blue of India

When the legendary British fashion photographer Norman Parkinson came to India in 1956 on an assignment for Vogue magazine’s ‘Winter Sunshine Collection’, he was on a quest to combine Western fashion with Indian style. Parkinson travelled throughout India, from Mahabalipuram to Kashmir, to capture the right mood and ambience for his photographs, which include supermodel Anne Gunning in front of the Jaipur’s Red Palace and Barbara Mullen in the middle of paddy fields. When the issue of British Vogue came out later that year, the fashion world was stirred by this unprecedented look at India, making Diana Vreeland, the then editor of Harper’s Bazaar, exclaim, “How clever of you, Mr Parkinson, also to know that pink is the navy blue of India.” This exhibition is a collection of the photographs Parkinson took in 1956.

Pink is the Navy Blue of India, 27 April to 5 May, 11 am to 7 pm, ICIA Building, 22/26 K Dubhash Marg, Kalaghoda, Mumbai.  For more information, visit