Published August 1, 1945
Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld shot this portrait for the August 1, 1945, Vogue, styling his model after Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's 17th-century masterpiece known as Girl With a Pearl Earring. She wears a blue and yellow head wrap and blouse and a large pearl stud. Her bright red lips offset the dreamy gaze of her sky-blue eyes.
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.
German fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) combined beauty and surrealism in his work. His distinctive photographs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s pioneered a new genre of fashion art that was both glamorous and thought-provoking. The distinctive covers that Blumenfeld created for French and American Vogue between 1945 and 1955 made him one of the most famous commercial photographers of that period.