Fashion photographer obsessions: John Rawlings

During my degree I cam across a photographer whose work I simply have to share.

The photographer is John Rawlings.
Rawlings was a photographer for Conde Nast and in his heyday (between the late 30s and 60s) he was one of the top fashion photographers. His work featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour and Life magazine (he worked primarily in America). His work was regularly seen on the covers of vogue in particular.
What I love about Rawlings work was the vibrancy and colour in his work. Many of the images I’ve picked for this post come from the 40s and the colour is simply amazing. I think most of these images would have been shot in Kodachrome, which gives the almost slightly eerie oversaturated colours. His work almost always has an underlying story line which allows you to look more deeply into his photography, his work wasn’t just about selling clothes, but creating a narrative too.
In my humble opinion Rawlings was one of the most talented phtographers of the 40s and 50s and I think is sometimes overlooked. The composition of his images are always so carefully thought out and turn women into sculptural objects, using the angles of the clothes and the womens bodies to create interest. 

There is a book about John Rawlings (currently out of print…seemingly like every book i want)
John Rawlings: 30 years in Vogue
Many of these images come from this FABULOUS blog post, do check it out:
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It’s another pre-1940s week for Advantage In Vintage

I am SO excited about some of the gorgeous items I have to offer to all of you lovely people this week!

Anyway, this week I’ve stuck to a theme and listed over twenty items of gorgeous pre 1940s vintage (a pair of CC41 shoes did sneak in…but they were similar to the original 20s shoes I’m selling so it was a must).
Here are a few little highlights for you!


This is my absolute FAVOURITE piece I am selling this week. It is just amazing. An original 1920s French Pierrot celluloid handbag frame hand painted too. I’ve seen these go for silly money in the past so get your bids in quick on this one, It has already proved incredibly popular.


This little wallet is by Ludwig Krumm (second one of these I’ve ended up with…craziness!),  his company went on to become Goldpfiel who In the 1950s achieved worldwide status of being one of the worlds most elite leather goods producers held in a similar regard to Chanel and Louis Vuitton, even producing all of the bags for Dior from 1956.


These wonderful leather shoes date to the 1920s and are still amazingly in completely wearable condition. They still could look so contemporary and are a decent width making them wearable today.

I also adore this genuine Edwardian jacket (dating between 1908 and 1912). It is so typical of its era and I can just see how it would have been worn. (buttoned boots, hobble skirt and large hat)
Find the jacket here




This amazing wool work bag is 100% showstopping. It almost looks like a Clarice Cliff design, only in wool.


Find the bag here




And, this is one of two piano shawls I have listed. This one probably dates to the 1920s and has superb delicate floral embroidery on it.


Find the shawl here

Next week will be filled with more 50s fabulousness than you can shake a stick at! Keep your eyes peeled (yes, the Horrockses I’ve been promising for a few weeks are FINALLY being listed). There is a preview album on facebook on the Advantage In Vintage page. Do take a look and satisfy your curiosity! 

Officially a graduate

On Friday 20th July I graduated.

             Look a 1st class degree! (I had to check this so many times to make sure it was real)


This was a rather special day for me, especially because I got to spend it with some of my beautiful friends and family.

With my Pa. 

                                                    My Two lovely Grandmas

(mother dearest doesn’t really do photographs…I’m sure someone took a pic of the two of us!)

I haven’t managed to reclaim all of the photos from my Pa or my Nanna yet, but here are just a few for your viewing amusement.

I particularly love the ones of me and 3 of my former housemates, what special ladies they all are. This really was a perfect way to end four years of hard slog.

You can just see (peeking) out of the bottom of my robes my dress. This was a rather spectacular 1950s London town black silk with chiffon overlay number. The floral design of which was handpainted. (I’ll try and purloin a pic from my Pa soon as he took one of the the full outfit with black 70s jacket too)