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Jill Kennington

Model Years

Former model Jill Kennington reflects on fashion, fame, film, and photography in 1960s London.

Jill Kennington was among the most successful models of the 1960s, embodying a fresh, youthful, and dynamic ideal of beauty that came to define the decade. This memoir takes readers inside her life in the form of an extended interview with historian Philippe Garner. With disarming frankness, Kennington details her professional experiences during those heady years and describes her collaborations with some of the greatest photographers of the era, including Richard Avedon, William Klein, Saul Leiter, Helmut Newton, and Norman Parkinson. Her memories include a remarkable cast of characters, with appearances from Federico Fellini, Norman Hartnell, David Lean, Mary Quant, Vidal Sassoon, Terence Stamp, and Veruschka von Lehndorff.

A poignant account of intense emotional challenges and dark episodes in the roller coaster of her private life, this is the inspiring story of a young woman’s journey to self-awareness.

200 pages | 40 color plates | 7 1/4 x 9 3/4

Biography and Letters


"A rare and generous account of modelling, the most silent of professions, from a model who personified Sixties fashion."

Alistair O’Neill, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

"In this immediately absorbing book, Jill Kennington reveals her intimate, eye-witness account of being at the heart of fashion photography's most exciting decades. Garner expertly steers the dialogue through his insightful questions, impressive understanding of the scene, and brilliant curation of accompanying images. Reading these pages is like eavesdropping on an in-depth conversation between friends with a tremendous knowledge of and shared passion for photography, style, and life lived to the full."

Martin Barnes, Victoria and Albert Museum

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