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Burberry and Elite London Celebrate the Return of Great British Models: tFS Exclusive Pictorial

Charlotte Benson

Hannah Hardy

With Christopher Bailey and Burberry leading the parade over the past years, the British fashion industry has seen a return to its days of world domination. Burberry not only exudes Britishness, it is a symbol of Great Britain in its own right. In the autumn of 2010, a handful of Elite London’s key girls from Great Britain descended upon London’s idyllic Fulham to pose for this exclusive English-themed portrait series. 

Featuring a selection of pieces from Burberry’s lines, Charlotte Benson, Emma MacTaggart, Hannah Hardy (above), Kate Howat, Olivia Dunn and Sadie Phelps merged with Burberry’s powerful English history, creating a manifestation of the new era of Great Britain’s magnificent model material, as discovered and represented by Elite London. 

While Burberry has always been a frontrunner in the promotion of English models, in recent years, the reigning queens of the modeling scene have mainly hailed from Northern and Eastern Europe–and fairly so. That was, however, until Elite Model Management launched their London division in 2008. 

Currently the biggest purveyor of girls from Great Britain in the world with about thirty British, Scottish and Irish faces, Elite London has established the new age of British girls in fashion. These also include new top faces such as Emily Smith, Hannah Noble and Nyasha Matonhodze, all of whom are designated as the next "big things".

Charlotte Bensonmodel: Charolotte Benson

Emma McTaggartmodel: Emma MacTaggart

Emma McTaggartmodel: Emma MacTaggart

Hannah Hardymodel: Hannah Hardy

Kate Howat and Olivia Dunnmodel: Kate Howat and Olivia Dunn

Kate Howatmodel: Kate Howat

Olivia Dunnmodel: Olivia Dunn

Sadie Phelpsmodel: Sadie Phelps

Sadie Phelpsmodel: Sadie Phelps



All fashion by Burberry autumn/winter 2010

Photography: Samantha West 

Styling: Morgan Hamada Ruiz 

Photography assistant: Joe Dahl

Makeup: Thomas de Kluyver 

Hair: Ysuke Ukai

Models: Charlotte Benson, Emma MacTaggart, Hannah Hardy, Kate Howat, Olivia Dunn and Sadie Phelps; all at Elite London.