Saturday, February 18, 2012

Vintage Photo

This picture was taken between 1940 and 1950 near Bologna, Italy. My grandmother was fashion obsessed and liked to be captured in her outfits by my grandfather– I call her the pioneer of bloggers.
Martina T.

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  1. Natasha Fatah

    February 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

    This is so wonderful! Style bloggers from yesteryears! And I see they still struggled with getting the photographers shadow in the frame the way we still do. Lovely post. :)

    xoxo
    http://www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

  2. Elena GD

    February 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Stunning photo! Love it!

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  3. Nanna Jespersen

    February 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

    How interesting! I love the pictures of you grandmother and so on. They are very beautiful, and i the pictures are so beautiful too :-)

  4. Ehren

    February 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Mama’s got swagger ;-)

  5. Mallika

    February 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Love your vintage photos, and your grandparents sound like amazing folks!

    x Mallika

    http://fashionscript.net/

  6. Carlota

    February 18, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Your grandmother was too cool!
    Carlota

  7. White Perla

    February 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Nice picture and style:)

    http://www.whiteperla.blogspot.com

  8. San

    February 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Amazing grandmother, outfit and photograph.

    Enjoy your weekend everyone.

  9. Antoine Nicol

    February 18, 2012 at 10:22 am

  10. Eva

    February 18, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Beauitful picture! Love her look!!!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  11. macfer

    February 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

  12. Madara

    February 18, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Looks like from real vintage fashion photoshoot! Lovley shodows and graceful young lady!

    http://www.madarafreimane.blogspot.com

  13. Ana

    February 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love this story so much. She is fabulous!

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    Ana
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  14. Blogger

    February 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    So the fashion photography runs in the family :). Amazing photo

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  15. Irene's closet

    February 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Wow, love it!

    xo
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  16. juanita

    February 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Just LOVE this!

  17. The Tailored Two

    February 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    How wonderful! The contrast in this photo is so strong and interesting. You grandmother was very striking

  18. juanita

    February 18, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Must just add – Mary Quant is being interviewed on the radio and talks about finding Peter Pan collars in a catering suppliers (circa 1962) which she promptly wears over a black sweater!

  19. Johnny

    February 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

  20. David Stead

    February 18, 2012 at 11:44 am

  21. Aga's suitcase

    February 18, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Great picture! Incredible how all trednds are coming back..
    Kisses
    Aga

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  22. Leanne

    February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    iconically beautiful

  23. Becky Bedbug

    February 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Wow! This is amazing. I love Grandma’s androgynous style and her pose is just too cool. What a woman!

    Becky
    xx

    http://www.beckybedbug.blogspot.com

  24. Serdane

    February 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Amazing picture ! I like this boyish style !

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  25. Mage B

    February 18, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve so enjoyed all these. She is just magic. Thank you.

  26. NINAVALENTINA

    February 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Wow, she is definitely a woman ahead of her time, she would still look modern today. Really an inspiring style.

  27. Jo, Owner, cutandchicvintage.etsy.com

    February 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Just beautiful. Your grandmother was a great style inspiration!

  28. ALESSANDRA

    February 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    BELLISSIMA!!!

  29. Thuy

    February 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    A modern woman. Love it!

  30. FashionUm

    February 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I love these kind of photos. Vintage, that’s it!

    http://www.FashionUm.com
    Show Your Outfit !

  31. ETC...

    February 18, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Great vintage photo.

    ETC…

    http://www.eatontradingcompany.com

  32. Maria

    February 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Beautiful! Che bellezza! I love the vintage photos.

  33. Tamera

    February 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Dashing!

  34. hotcelebration

    February 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Scott, please keep posting those vintage photos, they are fabulous. Your grandmother was one classy lady…. http://www.hotcelebration.com

  35. Jane Alisa

    February 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    What a pioneer indeed! http://janealisa.tumblr.com

  36. RhodesianRidgeback

    February 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Martina T. Your grandmother is positively inspiring. Last week I purchased a tan Bavarian Alpine Hat, complete with pheasant feathers, to keep the sun out of my eyes. A Tail wagging Golden retriever pulled a matron down the street in my direction. I thought it was the German Golden that I had already passed that the pulling retriever was urging her master towards. But, no, it was the feathers on my cap. When we closed the distance, and I said, Perhaps the previous dog is in heat? No, she said, my dog is a working dog, the feathers in your hat were the pull. If I hadn’t held her she would have gone on point at your feet! This really happened. So today, I went back and bought the black felt hat from Saltzburg, complete with brush, and a different pheasant. My sister will knock me unconscious on her next visit and drive home with it, I am sure. Thanking your grandmother, ‘in advance’ of more inspiration!

  37. Cece

    February 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I seriously doubt this photograph was taken before 1945. There was a war going on? It would be interesting to see photos of “street fashion” in Europe, during the war years.

  38. Clara Turbay

    February 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    simply gorgeous!

  39. The life after

    February 19, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Cool that she was wearing trousers, not that common between ’40 and ’50.

    The Life After

  40. Regina

    February 19, 2012 at 5:10 am

    Your grandma could be it girl of today! Your passion to photo seems to be famlial ;-)

    http://www.reyofglam.com

  41. esmeralda

    February 19, 2012 at 5:37 am

    oh wow your grandma would be very trendy with this outfit nowadays! the collar, the carrot pants, the sailor cap- great fashion items!

    iwearlife.blogspot.com

  42. Joy

    February 19, 2012 at 6:26 am

    love this picutre!

  43. dominique

    February 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Nice to see how fashion always existed! This picture really got me :)

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  44. adrian

    February 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    i love this style and love this hat… do anybody now what kind of hat this is ?

  45. nyxstyle

    February 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

    NICE PHOTO!!!

    kiss

    xoxo

  46. marina miouprincess

    February 19, 2012 at 10:13 am

    this is a great photo! love this!

  47. Boxer's Adventures

    February 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Thanks for the lovely take!

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  48. MolDiva

    February 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    i like the way she wears her jacket, and she is sooo thin,was she a model?

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  49. Gabriele

    February 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    love the photo… i just love looking at really old photos and the fashion back then! amazing! :)

    http://fiercenfashion.blogspot.com/

  50. koolphoto

    February 19, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Nice photo and great history…

  51. Maruska

    February 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Ohhh cool and so sexy. She is like Madonna. Fantastic!!!

  52. KO

    February 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Such style, flair and beauty. Wonderful photograph. I would love to see more pictures of Martina T’s grandmother.

  53. martina t.

    February 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    maybe it’s even later than 1940-50, but the picture was in a box in which it was written 1940-50, so i thought that. I’ve got other pictures of my granma!
    xoxo

  54. Marcel Da Chump

    February 19, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    A very sweet picture…not just the composition–I see Kate Hepburn doing a Bing Crosby impersonation–it shows vintage love.

  55. Julieta

    February 19, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wonderful vintage pic! I live her look, masculine chic trend!

  56. CultureShockArt

    February 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    ^I also thought Hepburn when I saw this. I love it when a picture inspires the imagination. If I taught a writing course, I’d encourage students to write a short story around this pic. Amazing!

  57. Dwijayasblog

    February 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I really like the hat, good picture.

  58. adrian

    February 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

    love it <3 Please help me with the hat! what kind of hat is this ?

  59. barefoot duchess

    February 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

    how inspiring

  60. annabella

    February 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I grew up in the 50′s & 60′s in a small conservative east coast town. One of the great influnences in my life was the ‘before her time” mother of now renown designer, David Easton (AD 100,2012, again), The day i meant Mrs Easton is fondly seared in my brain forever. She was sitting in her classically designed Georgian LR full of memrbilia, modern art, exotic rugs, reading the newspaper in a stunning combination of Chanel and her personal stylish layering, while smoking a pipe. I was tagging along at about age 10 with David’s little sister, Carla and my big sister Anita, who were in their early teens. Mrs. Easton exuded that same confidence of style that Martine’s grandmother shows. She was way ahead of her time, in style and confidence, and I was smitten! David was off studying architecture/design at Yale and in Europe, not yet world famous, but a clearly rising star. Mrs. Easton and her stunning/quirky. yet liveable home full of life and comfort and interest and her exquisite, comfy porch decor (of which David went on to reproduce some pieces for Waldo’s) forever changed me. I knew then I would have to work in the design/ fashion world, and more importantly,relaized at that moment a woman could be free and independent., and had options, beyond teaching, nursing and secretarial work., the primary options available to women then. I was changed forever that day by Mrs. Easton, and went on to spend a good chunk of my life in fashion design/buying /styling because of her.

    Martina T, I’ll just bet your grandmother had that kind of influence on girls/ young women she encountered in those early years after the war when a woman of style and independence really made a statment about lifes’ possibilities! Bravo to her and thank you for sharing, Please send more! and thanks Scott for posting such wonders!

  61. Labella Luxe

    February 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    This is an awesome picture of your grandmother! I love her style!

  62. Ursula

    February 21, 2012 at 1:23 am

    wow she is so fabulous, little wonder you do what you do and have such a great eye.

  63. Soccer Mom Style a.k.a. Maya

    February 21, 2012 at 11:40 am

    love this photo. the lady in the photo was the pioneer of self-style bloggers indeed :)
    Maya

  64. Skip Castaneda

    February 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I was thinking it was Madonna when I first saw the picture!

  65. Name*

    July 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Look at those cheekbones! Lovely woman, incredible style.

  66. Rocky Mantle

    October 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    She looks like a formidable character. Go Grandma!

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