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Vogue Cover, 1947

About the Artwork
Magazine covers materialized into multifaceted masterpieces within the lens of John Rawling's camera. His innovative work for Conde-Nast, including this 1947 classic, spanned three decades and the creation of more than 200 "Vogue" and "Glamour" covers, as well as myriad ad campaigns. Rawlings (1912-1970) single-handedly elevated commercial photography to an art form, and expanded the selling power and scope of the fashion press. Previously, magazine covers were staid and uninspired, and were shot solely in black and white.
Rawlings' glamorous shots utilized light, reflections and color, permeated with the rich mystique of an underlying storyline. A timeless classic, this "Vogue" cover not only displays summer fashion, but provokes intrigue about the story that shaped the photo.


Vogue Cover, Autumn Fuchsia, 1957

About the Artwork
Fashion has always aspired to fantasy, and so does "Vogue Cover, Autumn Fuschia, 1957," by renowned fashion photographer Norman Parkinson (1913-1990). The shot exudes glamour, power and femininity as the image of an elegant woman dressed in fuchsia haute couture is chauffeured about town in her color-coordinated fuchsia and pearly pink Rover 105. When Vogue reused the image in 1991, the cigarette had to be airbrushed out. The image is conveyed with a touch of humor and joie de vivre that add to its great appeal for vintage fashion lovers.
British photographer, Norman Parkinson's career commenced in 1935, with his first shooting focused on debutantes and their mothers. His association with British Vogue ran from 1942 to 1978. After his marriage to model Wenda Rogerson, he made annual trips to New York and worked for American Vogue. Parkinson was among the first photographers to shoot on location and was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1981. His illustrious career is remembered for his captivating images of fashion and high society, as well as his photographs of the world's most celebrated men and women.


Vogue, May 15, 1941

About the Artwork
The cover of Vogue's Summer Beauty Issue for May, 1941 exudes a carefree candor, a beach fantasy that was a welcome escape from the daily rigors surrounding World War II. Designed by one of the world's most acclaimed and influential photographers, German-born Horst P. Horst's (1906-1999) keen eye for form, lines, organic and geometric shapes, and color resulted in this striking illustration. From the playful poise of the model, to the stylish handwritten "Vogue," with its bright red beach ball "O," the cover exudes both playfulness and bold confidence. It is also an early example of a magazine cover showing story headlines to draw reader appeal.
Horst's unforgettable vision dominated Vogue covers throughout the 30's and 40's. Besides his striking fashion plates, he soon became known for his compelling still lifes and sensual nudes. He has also done portraits of the grand dames of fashion and other luminaries, including Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Cocteau, and Gertrude Stein.
"Dance lets me capture the lines and movements of the human body; it allows me to talk about different cultures and express feelings that cross all borders."

Vogue Cover, October 1957

About the Artwork
With a click of John Rawlings' shutter, commercial photography soared from staid sales tool to the respected art form exemplified by this 1957 "Vogue" cover. One of the 20th Century's most prolific photographers, Rawlings (1912-1970) profoundly impacted the fashion press by imparting color and innovative use of natural and artificial light, and composition to a previously uninspired medium. His pivotal work for Conde-Nast encompassed three decades and the creation of more than 200 "Glamour" and "Vogue" covers, as well as involvement in numerous ad campaigns. His 1957 "Vogue" cover epitomizes the glamorous mini-dramas that not only boosted sales, but enduringly elevated the world's respect for fashion photography.


Vogue Cover, Red Rose, August 1956


Vogue, New York, 1945

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
how do you buy a poster?
(Anonymous)
Jun. 25th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Vogue Cover, 1947
Hi there, are these posters for sale? I love the vogue cover 1947 and would be interested in buying it.

Thanks
Libby
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