Published July 1, 1948
This photograph by John Rawlings captures the notion of relaxation at its best and chicest. A model floats languidly on her back in a rippling blue-green swimming pool. She wears a bandeau-style royal blue maillot. The close-up, which shows nothing of the surrounding area, gives this work an otherworldly feel. It appeared in the July 1, 1948, 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.