Published December 15, 1944
In this artistic, abstract photograph, a model is ensconced in darkness, her features obscured by a brushstroke treatment to the negative, or perhaps to a screen in front of the camera. She is seen in profile and wears a white fur-trimmed coat and hat. The photograph, by John Rawlings, appeared in the December 15, 1944, Vogue, in the middle of the noted photographer's 30-year career with Condé Nast.
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.
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.