Hands down one of my favourite posts ever!!
I assumed this was from one of your travels but to see this in New York, that’s incredible. I’m going to pull out of my Indians suits and saris, and recreate this look!
I love, love, LOVE traditional and regional clothing of all types. I see a lot of it here in Houston, TX, and the fabrics and colors and layers are so beautiful. A lot of it is probably better suited to our climate (think hot, humid, and HOT) than my jeans and t-shirt, anyway!
I’d love to know more about this outfit, if anyone recognizes the style.
Absolutely awesome. Thats one of the most intriguing visions I have seen. The hat, the heavy eyeliner, the bright colors, the black tunic over the peasant skirt. there is just so much to work with here. And the photo!!!! Just wow.
This photo is stunning (taken in New York ?)
Scott, great shot that makes me understand why you love your job : finding incredible people with stories attached give such an inspiration to an artist. This could be a wonderful painting.
I’m also confused by this post.
Although her outfit is striking, she seems a bit sad and disheveled. While I am a fan of this site and your work, my unfortunate response is “Since when is schizophrenia fashionable?”
My apologies if my assumptions are totally incorrect – I certainly don’t mean any disrespect – but this image is quite strong and not (I think) in the positive way that the images on here usually are.
I think the general questioning about where this photo was taken shows a desire for some clarity here.
i love the place where you have to talk with someone to figure out -” is this serious fashion that is light years on its own take or is this homeless?”
it’s a look that i have rocked before and it was a lot of fun!
it challenges the fashion and status quo. it’s not simple but it is engaging.
im in vietnam right now, doing development for fall 13 for the company i am currently with.
i have mixed feelings on this…
as westerners, we seek out other influences in fashion and lifestyle from other parts of the world. and yes, i am aware how the other parts of the world who also try and mimic an americana that is no longer existing.
as much as i like what this woman is trying to do with her dressed garb, i find it sad that its taken from the financially challenged people of this country either beggars or food merchants trying to sell a bowl of porridge or fruit picked from their land.
again, i could be taken as a hypocrite or part of the cause of this problem. i am an american exploiting and using the sweatshops of this developing country.
…buy actually, i know the state of the workers of the factory i am at. and the quality is pretty much up to beyond par with health, and working conditions.
in the end, it could be a mimic in vietnam or another developing country in south east asia, as the NEXT BIG THING.
all i am thinking is the south east female version of ZOOLANDER.
great pic otherwise. i am just not too sure of the comments read. i think people need to get out more and see the world. this model might have, or might have not.
Yes, its a traditional vietnamese outfit. I have seen people dressed like this in Hmong and Vietnamese neighborhoods. No, the lady does NOT look crazy. Thats just dumb. Very interesting. Very appropriate for this blog as well because her outfit has so much that can be worked with from a design standpoint.
@ dojoandme; Your comment is so nostalgic! I thought the whole PC thought police thing was dead and gone! We have enough problems here in America to think about. Don’t worry about nonsense.
wow…i am blown away by everyones comments…it is as if people are looking past the actual character in the photo. i, too, see what stephanie sees. while the “costume” is stunning it is clear that this person is not well. please look closely at her face she is clearly despondent and dirty. i suppose it gives the term “street fashion” a whole new meaning.
I’ve followed Sartorialist for several years now, and don’t think I’ve seen any photo prompt as wide a range of comments as this one. It is to your credit that you can capture such human complexity in a single image. I find myself wondering, do I join the readers who are asking for a back-story on the photo, or should you just leave the photo to speak for itself – however ambiguously.
@Elle; your comment is very condescending towards the person on the photo. How can you allow yourself to talk down like that when you obviously are incapable of understanding or even seeing the person on the photograph? She is not dirty. It seems it is impossible for you to comprehend that a person can have a deliberately smudged kohl on purpose. Or that someone can have a shiny nose from sweating in the warm weather? I think you overlook the possibillity that this woman might have a natural, clean appearance reflecting a natural lifestyle. There are many people who choose to spend their lives searching for answers rather that publishing the latest trends. A previous post mentioned that this woman makes her own hats. i guess the fact that she is a creative person proves that she has a conscious approach to form and function, not to mention fashion. And the fact that she is not pretending to be someone else than herself, demonstrated in her blank pose for the camera, shows me that she has integrity. One of the important roles of this blog is to contribute to presenting individual expression in contemporary culture, a culture in which the individual expression is threatened by the conforming mechanism of the capitalist society which we are living in.
Smudged Kajal, that’s me
Olive oil (because I am so allergic )
Sad thought passing through my head
This man stops me on the street and says : can I take your photo
yes, but I sm so tired
Why multi-ethnic clothing?
Because I am so multi cult
Anglo-German Franco-Italian Indo-Persian Native American-North African Central Asian -Han Chinese ( embodying all the races)
Anyway, whenever I see a skirt like this, I think ” Oh, so Frida Kahlo…..must have
The hat is great. I use one here in Australia against the really strong sun. It took me guts to wear it but now I use it a lot. Understandably, the only people who look at me strangely are people who have worn them for work in the fields back home. (“why is she wearing that?’).
However, I want the skirt.
At first I thought it weird that you didn’t put up an explanation to this post, like you did with the skateboarder, but now it makes sense. What she is wearing doesn’t have to be “ethnic” or “tribal” or “exotic,” it’s just fashion, just like the way we dress in our western clothes. Thanks for posting this picture. What she’s wearing is beautiful and has expanded my conception of how we can express our identities and cultures through our clothing. And just like the skateboarder, I find this picture to speak volumes about what New York is like.