Published July 15, 1947
John Rawlings created an exotic atmosphere for this black and white photograph of Mrs. William Rhinelander Stewart. She sits on a cushion, with a painted screen softly lit in the backgrond, and wears a lamé silk sari, a long headscarf, and a triple-strand pearl choker. This pensive portrait, one of thousands created by Rawlings during his 30 years with Condé Nast, appeared in the July 15, 1947, Vogue.
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.