Published October 15, 1946
A Paris archway plastered with posters acts as an impromptu frame in this photograph. The model reads a missive while wearing a nipped-waist red coat with deep pockets by Molyneux, which she pairs with a black hat and matching gloves. The watercolor hues in this John Rawlings work lend it a cinematic quality, not unlike a film still. It appeared in the October 15, 1946, 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.