On behalf of NINO:
Rico Puhlmann

Between 1963 and 1972, Berlin fashion photographer Rico Puhlmann (1934-1996) took pictures for several ad campaigns on behalf of NINO. Moreover, numerable of fashion features by Rico Puhlmann were published in journals such as Petra, and Brigitte – presenting fashionable women outerwear made from NINO’s, Povel’s, and Rawe’s fabrics and produced in Nordhorn. The contact between NINO and Rico Puhlmann originated from the renowned Berlin fashion boutique Velisch, where Rico Puhlmann acted as “in-house photographer”. In the Sixties, Velisch was one of the most important NINO clients in the Berlin clothing industry.

From 1951 to 1955, Puhlmann studied fashion design, art design, and art history at Berlin University of the Arts (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Berlin). Initially, he had worked as fashion styler for magazines such as Burda Moden, Constanze, and the Textil-Report since 1955. Simultaneously, he worked as fashion photographer. His fashion photos were published in leading German and international fashion magazines and journals such as Stern, Petra, Constanze, Brigitte, and the French Vogue since the early Sixties.

In 1970, he moved to the US, where he was able to successfully continue his career as fashion photographer, working closely with newspapers and magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and the New York Times. Rico Puhlmann became the international star for fashion photography in the Eighties. He photographed several campaigns with supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell on behalf of well-known fashion and cosmetics companies such as Ungaro, Fendi, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Estèe Lauder, and Revlon.

Rico Puhlmann died 1996 an untimely death. On 17 July 1996, he passed away in a tragical plane crash, a TWA plane on its way from New York to Paris. In 2003 and 2005 the major exhibition “Rico Puhlmann – A Fashion Legacy, 1955-1955” was shown in Berlin and New York to commemorate the graphic and photographic work of this legendary fashion photographer.