Monday, November 9, 2009

Pretty Pictures, Fabulous Fashion


Dotti over at Dotti's Dots recently posted a selection of photographs from American fashion photographer John Rawlings, thereby introducing me to the worthy body of work from this amazing artist. Rawlings was a Conde Nast photographer from the 1930's through to the 1960's. He shot over 200 Vogue and Glamour covers during his career and is credited as one of a handful of photographers to have elevated fashion photography to an art form. Apparently he was known for his use of light and crisp clean lines along with his ability to photograph the clothes, while also telling a story.
I love fashion images from the 30's through to the 60's because you can actually see the clothes and the models - even if some of them were very young - exude a womanly sophistication, which is rarely seen in magazines these days.







Rawlings also photographed a number of famous actresses. I particularly love these images of Lauren Bacall and Gene Tierney, which look so beautifully modern. I love Lauren's midriff baring suit, and her shoes wouldn't look out of place walking along the beachfront today.

You can see a whole heap more of his images here.

6 comments:

Pink Flower said...

Ooo I stumbled across that image of Gene Tierney (bottom image) the other day and found it a delight. She looks so beautifully feminine. Thank you for sharing.

Miss Peelpants said...

Incredible photos...they look like they could have been taken yesterday (except so few models have anything approaching that kind of beauty and class these days), the clarity is extraordinary.

Thanks for posting them!

Ms. B said...

Sigh, simply gorgeous and so elegant!!

Greetz from Tiz said...

so beautiful,elegant,feminine...
thanx for sharing, greetz x

Dotti said...

Oh, that's nice indeed. I love being ispired. And inspiring others is definatly nice, too!

All the best from Munich, Dotti

Loes said...

Ooooh my goodness. :D If one looks up style and/or elegance in the good ol' dictionary, one of these photos should be putted next to the words.