Published June 1, 1945
The heavy geometric walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Temple of Dendur provide a stark contrast to the fluid pose of a model in an Egyptian-inspired Omar Kiam dinner dress. This photograph, by John Rawlings, appeared in the June 1, 1945, 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.