Richard Rutledge and Steven MeiselWhen compared to his widely recognized contemporaries, Richard Rutledge remains relatively obscure today. Little is known about the slightly enigmatic photographer, however, a fondness for the color red is evident in his countless images that featured cherry-colored lacquered nails and dresses of crimson. True to form, a 1954 Rutledge image featured a couple of red-clad models engaged in a game of cards played from opposite sides of a diner-style booth. Published in Vogue’s July 1, 1954 issue, Rutledge’s image inspired the confectious Spring 2012 campaign for Louis Vuitton, photographed by Steven Meisel


Richard Rutledge, Vogue July 1, 1954

Daria Strokous and Kati Nescher by Steven Meisel for Louis Vuitton, Spring 2012 campaign

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