John Rawlings (1912 – 1970) single-handedly gave commercial fashion photography a sharp artistic focus. He transformed it into a medium brimming with color, light and fascinating composition. Rawlings created over 200 magazine covers for Conde-Nast. When his work for “Vogue” and “Glamour” hit the stands, sales and respect for fashion photography skyrocketed.
Published May 1, 1965
This wryly funny image may have no particular story to tell, but such pure comedy doesn't require a storyline. A Miss May model perches on the head of a tiger, alongside a box of Tiger's Milk, and considers a giant yellow lollipop, a color echoed in the bow atop her head. She wears a white one-piece foundation garment by Beverly Vogue. A zebra skin provides the backdrop for the image, which is reflected in a mirror on the floor. Fashion photographer John Rawlings created this photo from the May 1965 Mademoiselle.
Photo licensed from the Condé Nast Collection, home of The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair and other popular brands. Find this and other artwork at the Condé Nast Collection.
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