Published February 15, 1953
Famed photographer Erwin Blumenfeld captured a racy fashion image: Model Ruth Knowles lifts her skirt to reveal a mauve and white girdle by Lily of France, together with a tomato-red organdy slip by Dior. The photo appeared in the February 15, 1953, Vogue.
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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.