Published February 1, 1949
Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld shot this innovative composition featuring nine shades of hosiery provocatively — yet systematically — tied around a woman's bare legs. Published in the February 1, 1949, Vogue, the stockings are arranged by shade and bookended by the model's frilly underwear and the bright red nail polish on her toes.
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.