Published July 1, 1954
Three legs serve as the centerpiece in this humorous photograph by John Rawlings. They wear subtle mother-of-pearl colored hosiery, and are draped in beaded necklaces. The feet rest daintily in a half-shell perched on the beach. The unusual subject matter, coupled with the dreamy color palette, makes the work feel almost like an abstract image. It appeared in the July 1, 1954, Vogue. Rawlings created more than 200 Vogue and Glamour covers, in addition to thousands of feature photographs, during his 30 years with the magazines.
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.