Published April 15, 1951
In this stunning portrait by longtime Condé Nast photographer John Rawlings, a model moves about an elegant drawing room in an evening gown by Jacques Fath. The polka-dot dress is strapless, with a gathered waist and a flowing wrap skirt trimmed in white fabric. A diaphanous tulle stole balances the gown, thereby making this image a study in contrast. The black and white photograph appeared in the April 15, 1951, Vogue. Rawlings created more than 200 Vogue and Glamour covers and thousands of feature photographs during his tenure with the magazines.
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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.