I love the idea of the contest, of sharing and being able to see other people’s vintage photos. We tend so much to see fashion as something idealized and this really connects it with people’s lives, it’s great.
This a picture of my mother Willy van Rooy and me in Paris, I’m guessing the year must be 1970 or 71 at the most (I was born in 68). Apart from being an iconic model in the 60′s and 70′s who worked with the best photographers and designers, my mother was, and still is, a person with an amazing and very individual fashion sense (which later in life led her to become a successful fashion and shoe designer). I never remember her following fashion or buying clothes off-the-rack.
What I love about this picture is that it really shows her style, the mix of old-Hollywood glamour (the 30′s vintage coat, the red lips, the short snake-skin jacket), with absolute freedom (the embroidered dress, the hand-made spanish boots, the Ibiza basket, the scarf and the flowing hair). And… don’t I look like the cutest little hippie?
All the best,