Published November 1, 1947
Clad in an outfit by Adele Simpson, a model regards the camera through an opened door. Her high-collared dinner jacket slants into her hips, while the narrow skirt has small slits. The muted color scheme and slightly murky look of the image makes it similar to a painting. John Rawlings's photograph appeared in the November 2, 1951, 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.