74 comments

  1. Lindsey

    April 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Love the background and color combination!
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  2. Mary

    April 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Lovely photo, but it brings to mind that the economic reality in South & Central America is that a middle class is minimal & a massive gap perpetuates between rich and poor. Public health is generally appalling especially dental & women’s health. The world needs more brilliant photos that show this dichotomy. Bravo Sartorialist!

    • omar

      April 14, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      Qué dices, María? Que la clase media es mínima en Argentina? Le aseguro que en Argentina, Sudamérica, la mayoría de los habitantes pertenece a la clase media.

      • Jimena

        April 14, 2014 at 10:34 pm

        Está hablando de Perú, y en muchos casos (y países) es así

      • Magali

        April 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

        La clase media está desapareciendo en muchas partes del mundo. Hasta en Argentina :(

        • Priscilla

          April 26, 2014 at 1:02 pm

          En el Perú la pobreza ha disminuido aproximadamente 3% anual en los últimos años.

    • Joseie

      April 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      That may be, and everyone knows it. Of course we have just as many poor people of our own to take care of, which is where our efforts need to go. But this lady looks very well to me.

      • jett

        April 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        She has nice style. But “looks well”? Really? She is probably in her 20s and looks in her 40s. Plus dental problems. This is a third world 20ish woman.

        • Joseie

          April 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

          You know for a fact that she is in her 20′s? Tell me how? Truth is you don’t know jack about her. I bet she is far, far older then 20. Does she look emaciated? Weak? No. She looks energetic, and a healthy proportion. She is walking briskly. She is pretty clearly in her 40′s. If she were in her 20′s, she would not have the overhang on her chin, or the lines by her nose, those don’t come from anything but age.

        • Lalo

          April 16, 2014 at 12:22 am

          That lady is not in her 20s…..or in her 40s…..obviously she is in her late 50s o early 60s. Jett don’t be so exaggerated !

    • Bill

      April 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Mary, when was the last time you visited Peru? Their economy is growing rapidly, their middle class is growing, but a big part of healthcare among the indiginous peoples is their lack of trust in western medicine.

    • CBC

      April 14, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      u r very perceptive…and make a very good point bravo to u

    • juanita

      April 15, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I agree Maria. The gap is enormous and hugely visible. Hidden in some places but very much there. x

    • Sara

      April 15, 2014 at 6:41 am

      I fully second that, Mary. It’s the most beautiful thing, but it is the contrast, to their life’s reality that is the most striking.
      It’s that tension, that makes this so profoundly beautiful.

    • Magda

      April 15, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Cada vez que viajo a Argentina, veo más cantidad de gente pobre y más distancia (gap) con las clases ricas.
      Argentina used to be different, but, unfortunately it´s the same now.

    • madina

      April 15, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Jimena, no está hablando de Perú…. lo dice claramente “south and central América” y en Argentina se ven estos problemas también (incluido Buenos Aires)

    • Victoria

      April 15, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Mary, where are you coming from??? Have you been lately in Peru??? Things are going better down there than in many european countries! you will be amazed… Peru is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies with a 2012 GDP growth rate of 6.3%!!!

      • Romina

        April 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

        That is so true!

    • CHFS

      April 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Bueno Mary, nada más alejado de la realidad que tu comentario.
      Lamentablemente en Sudamérica (incluida Argentina) y Centro América existen estas realidades, pero esto no significa de debas hacer una inferencia.
      Lo único que veo en la foto es una extraordinaria combinación de colores, en una persona que no necesita caminar por los campos Elíseos o por la Quinta avenida para estar a la moda.
      La ignorancia es atrevida…

    • Luis

      April 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Mary… in Peru exists a large middle class and currently an emerging one. The reality is that Peru it’s a huge country… and is not easy for everyone to access a basic health services on the highlands. That’s certainly true.
      I love this color combination… people on the highlands has a natural and determined -bold- aesthetic sense when they choose colors of their garments.

    • Sheyla

      April 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      The big problem is that most of people around the world think that here in South America, and in Perú in this case we are extremely poor people and we all live the reality that Sartorialist show in his photographs, but you are so wrong.Yes! That’s part of our country, the ancient cultures that are still alive like time hasn’t past over them, but most of us in Perú statistically belong to middle class and we are more that what you think

  3. It's About L.A

    April 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Great caption, lof of emotion on this pic

    L.A

  4. Mia@Razzle Dazzle Rose

    April 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Lovely volume of the skirt!

  5. Cristina Merchán

    April 14, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Come to Ecuador, your eyes will be delighted : )

  6. Suzanne Nelson

    April 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Leighton

    April 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Royal!!

  8. Guy Overboard

    April 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Amazing photos!

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  9. Shade of Red Blog

    April 14, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    This is worthy of National Geographic!
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  10. Martine

    April 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    She looks beautiful. Better put together then many people I see here.

  11. Erica

    April 14, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Beautiful deep jewel tones…my favorite!

  12. agnieszka

    April 14, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Pity that these women wont get anything out of the posts here, the fame that all this of brings them gives them nothing except that rich people will talk about the style, write about it, they will be inspired, copy (more sophisticated phase for it: “they will design”) stuff like this. So these women are just being unconscious style icons volunteers.

    • CBC

      April 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      i agree

    • Ioanna

      April 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Don’t be such a pessimist Agnieszka! These women don’t need to get anything out of the posts – they are indeed unconscious style icons as are so many people around us in places and times we least expect. These photos are an offering to be treasured, as they bring us in touch with a different (?) everyday life and train our eye to recognize the original (or the origin or “design” as you put it).

      Thank you Mr Schuman for sharing
      Greetings from Greece!

    • martine

      April 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

      What about the millions of others who pose for style blogs and never get a penny for it? Why shouldn’t they profit too? What did these women do that others didn’t do? What makes them deserving more so then any regular subject on a western city street?

  13. Martine

    April 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This really does capture a similar style as the other photo, with the rounded knee length skirt with petticoat underneath, the hat….so fantastic to know there ate fashion trends in every setting. I would absolutely wear this.

    • M.

      April 15, 2014 at 3:38 am

      Traditional clothing does not “trend.” It stays as it is and does not change in the way that contemporary fashionable clothing does.

      You might wear this, but only for a while. And then it would be discarded for another trend. This woman will have this skirt her whole life.

      • Martine

        April 15, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Yes. You are absolutely right. I remember seeing traditional Quechua clothing, having seen it a long time ago. I remembered about bowler hats being brought to Peru by the British in the 20′s or something. You make a really interesting point. I never really thought about owning the same items of clothing forever, possibly even from one person to the next. Thank you.

  14. CBC

    April 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    i love there native dress…so sweet….her face show how hard it must living there

  15. ralph

    April 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Lovely colors. I doubt she was trying to make a fashion statement that day.

  16. kelsey

    April 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    beautiful color palette, beautiful shot
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  17. Susie

    April 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Perfect color/mood matches but Wondering why they’re all in bare foot with so warm sweaters?

  18. Dr.Five

    April 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    The cervi’che and Pisco sour are always in style.

  19. Emily

    April 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    I think that, more than anything, the shape of her skirt is the most interesting.

  20. Carola Solis

    April 15, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Hi from Peru Scott!
    Delighted that you are immersing in all the bright coloured party that real Peru is!
    You know, this is really cool, because being a travelled woman, I am and will always be attached to this palette. My ancestors, my extended family are like the woman portrayed here, so this is close to my heart in a way.
    My friends would say that I look like a foreigner when I go back to my hometown (Yes, it is crazy how we change throughout generations) and they do not get it that I love everything related to my culture if I do not dress like them (well, two generations back, my family did not either). And I say that it is because I can see beauty beyond what I would actually choose to wear.
    I have done many things in my life (social scientist, journalist, photographer), but I am a finalist at a fashion design contest in my country these days (So, I am in all the crazy process of creating/producing a collection). To me it is interesting, because I am portraying my photography onto fabric and creating pieces, but, no matter what I do, I will always apply a strong palette colour to my outfits, and I love, love that. I love playing around with textures and tones and everything, just like the women on these pics.
    I am sure you have seen that “my generation” in Peru (I am in my 30s) will probably wear “westernised” outfits in a darker/more serious palette, but because my vision has been well enriched with colour, I will always celebrate the roots of my colourful taste and that makes me happy.
    Thanks for sharing views of these beautiful women!
    Ps. I am aware that you have been to Lima Fashion Week as well, I wonder why you did not post any photo of it? I do not want to speculate, but I secretly think I know why. Big hug!

  21. Sukie

    April 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I wish it were still possible to find a source of jaspe cloth in the U.S. Having a market for those colorful and strong woven fabrics helps the weavers there while also helping those of us here who appreciate the fabrics found in the green skirt, and in the baby sling. The weaving done there is fabulous but finding someone who sells it here has been pretty much impossible for the last decade.

  22. Mela

    April 15, 2014 at 12:43 am

    This is a moving photograph. The traditional Peruvian garb of full skirt with the masculine hat. Her beautiful lush color combinations. The weary (or at least that is how I read it) look on her face. I think this photograph captures both the trials of poverty and an attention to detail and appreciation of beauty that has nothing to do with wealth. I appreciate that you “saw” her.

  23. Sabine

    April 15, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Lovely photo! Captures the style and atmosphere really well.

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  24. Vuyokazi Duze

    April 15, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Hi Scott’s
    The picture is nice you have a way in seeing Beaty inside a person inside a place. I have been opening your blog every morning and I just wanna say thank you very much for opening the entire universe and in the process finding more own uniqueness and appreciating it I hope one day I can come and listen you speak because the things that come out of you area a gift you are a gift. I wish I can explain but today I want to thank you for sharing your world your heart your ideas so that we can be better people God bless you and Garance you are really a gift thank you so much. I

  25. @AvrilJonesPhoto

    April 15, 2014 at 3:24 am

    She has a certain grace and poise to go with her wonderful colour sense. Imagine what might happen if you gave this woman a pile of assorted fabrics and some sewing equipment.

  26. juanita

    April 15, 2014 at 4:31 am

    These are just fabulous pictures and I love the change from Fashion week to this. Especially the comfortable relationship Peruvians have with all these wild colours! Makes me want to get all my coloured clothes and celebrate! x

  27. Denisa

    April 15, 2014 at 4:31 am

  28. irene laura

    April 15, 2014 at 5:23 am

    beautiful shot Scott

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  29. Kochkultur/ Beate

    April 15, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Beautiful colour combination and what a Skirt! Love your pictures from South America and North Africa, very inspiring.

  30. Alberta

    April 15, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Her outfit is absolutely amazing!
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  31. Greta

    April 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I love the cut of the skirt! Magical!

  32. reid.damnit

    April 15, 2014 at 7:39 am

    gorgeous colour palette – love me some jewel tones!

  33. Maria

    April 15, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Nice photo, nice colors, Nice

  34. VaL

    April 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Her skirt and Stella Jean may be on the same corner, well done!

  35. Maria

    April 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Love this picture!!

  36. LIZPR

    April 15, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Something that has always fascinated me is how many people from countries with economic struggles wear intense, vivid, bright colours …. and people from more well-off countries wear grey and black.

    It occurred to me when I saw Born into Brothels, a documentary featuring kids of prostitutes in Calcutta, who were given cameras to tell their own stories. I was struck by the gorgeous, bright fabrics of the desperately poor women in the film. Whereas in countries like mine, Canada, a lot of people wear dull colours.

    I’m not implying that the woman you photographed here is living in poverty, but I think you catch my drift.

    Thank you.

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  37. Leo

    April 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Sure they r wonderful but Missoni worked n works with the same colors since 80′s….n Coveri as well

  38. Melissa BALDINO

    April 15, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I love your work! These photos are incredible.
    thank you!

  39. sophie

    April 15, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Your images are always so inspiring and kinda art house. Beautiful.

    Sophie x

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  40. Mark W

    April 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Beautiful photo, Sart. Fine representation of the human form in motion, that happens to be dressed in cheerful colors.

    Let’s all catch a grip and enjoy the scene–drink a brew. If you sell homemade beer, you enjoy homemade beer.

    Content people are not at a shortage in this woman’s “poor” country–thank goodness. America could benefit from this lesson–I can dig this kind of “poor” and contentedness.

  41. ashleigh

    April 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    it’s cool to see pictures of other cultures and how they dress next to the high fashion street shots

  42. Melanie

    April 16, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I have to ask. Did you try her chicha?

  43. M

    April 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

    You know it’s a great photo when it provokes this much discussion… Kudos.
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  44. Edgar C

    April 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I always love these photos of non-Western people. Just got back from Chiapas Mexico and the indigenous (Mayan) dress is so colorful, vibrant and texturally eclectic.

    Keep it up!

  45. E

    April 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    is she wearing a alaia skirt? ;)

  46. Daniela

    April 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    As a Peruvian coming from the capital, these photos have made me see the current take on traditional costume in a whole new way. I say “current take” in the sense of how western fashion has an influence even in the most traditional-looking outfits (notice jeans under bright skirts, and turtlenecks).

    It’s so interesting to forget about western trend and find style and aesthetics in something us Peruvians see so often that we sometimes overlook.

    Great vision, and I hope you found some traditional influences in the westernized fashions of Lima, as well. :)

  47. Annika Tibs

    April 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Wow! I love this photo. Her ensemble is incredible. The silhouette of the skirt is fantastic, with her slouchy top & sweater, topped with that hat. Amazing!!

  48. dina louise

    April 23, 2014 at 11:41 am

    it’s really no wonder designers like dries van noten have been inspired by these people… just beautiful!

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