Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gotta Be Prada, Vintage Photo

This is a picture of my grandmother taken in 1956 on her honeymoon in Cairns. I think the whole shot is fantastic, the old snorkel, bathers and flippers – it simply captures her personality; colourful and slightly wild. It was taken on what would be the first of many exotic trips in which my grandfather would force my grandmother to experience all there was to experience. What attracted me firstly to the photo was the amazing bikini which just seems so stylish and secondly the fact that my grandparents, now 83, are still going on similar trips -sailing down the Dalmatian coast of Croatia this year! I hope you like the picture as much as I do.



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  1. Brianna!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:56 am



  2. Kylie

    May 16, 2010 at 8:03 am

    What a fabulous photo- she looks amazing. Stylish, athletic and fun…I love how the colours in the shot have that faded Gilligans Island look. And I've just noticed she has her nails done- divine.

  3. beba

    May 16, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Wow wow woW ! Love this one!

    Peace and love!

  4. Lisa

    May 16, 2010 at 8:13 am

    So glamourous!!! I've noticed that although almost every historical trend has been repurposed, I haven't seen the comeback of this bathing suit style – at least not in mass fashion culture. Shame!


  5. ilovefashion

    May 16, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Love the photo, your grandma looks cooool!

  6. Neve

    May 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

    i love it. it looks so natural, beautiful!

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  7. MJCK

    May 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

    She looks…awesome! It's funny how even the snorkle and the flippers match her amazing bikini. She certainly looks like someone to have lots of fun with.

  8. hakkamui

    May 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

    She is so so so beautiful!

  9. amalie

    May 16, 2010 at 8:39 am

    hah, oh gooshh! love this photo: )

  10. Kat

    May 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

    wow! she looks fantastic with a lot of glamour and style!

  11. Dunja

    May 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

    wow! you should think about coming visit with her this summer! :)

  12. Alice

    May 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

    The photo is magic!

  13. AppleTree

    May 16, 2010 at 9:06 am

    would it be weird if I hung your grandmother's photo in my house?

  14. kolorowa nitka

    May 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

    great photo :) what a lovely smile :)

  15. Silvia

    May 16, 2010 at 9:17 am

    this picture is just amazing! it really looks pradaish, but more than else i love, that in the pic is captured your grandmas energy and elegance! Adorable?

  16. SaraKateSwan

    May 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    This might just be my favorite photo in the vintage photo category so far!! Its really wonderful.

  17. coco's blog

    May 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Cette photo est vraiment magnifique !

  18. Sarah

    May 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

    haha well your grandma is quite the looker isn't she? I'd soo wear her bathers!

  19. Georgina

    May 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Great picture. Full of life !:D

    Love G.,

  20. Ivy Lane

    May 16, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Fabulous! Would be super cool blown up and used in a beach house/cabin! Your Granmother is stunning!

  21. Frida

    May 16, 2010 at 10:43 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Her expression tells it all. <3

  22. Hayley

    May 16, 2010 at 10:45 am

    This an absolutely beautiful photo! It's filled with such happy emotion, and your grandmother seems like an amazing (and stylish) woman!

  23. Fashion Conservative

    May 16, 2010 at 10:50 am

    The bikini is absolutely amazing! Great colours, by the way! I would love to see these combinations in a dress!

  24. margaritaisblogging

    May 16, 2010 at 11:13 am

    that bikini is so adorable !( :

  25. Carla~カルラ~

    May 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

  26. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 16, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Wow, I've never seen a vintage photo like that before! Greetings to Iona's grandparents, hope they enjoy their Croatia trip!

  27. Market Publique

    May 16, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Gorgeous! A wonderful photo of a super stylish – and happy! – lady.
    Love everything about it!

  28. Cloud of Secrets

    May 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    What beautiful tints! What a beautiful, *real* figure sporting a bikini!

  29. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 11:48 am


  30. Pamela Terry and Edward

    May 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm


  31. Sophia

    May 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    These photos make me want to hop the next boat out to anywhere. This is so beautiful and fun. And it's so nice to hear that they're still going strong today :)

  32. Renee Howell

    May 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    love it! the past and the present. familiar and exotic together.

  33. Danielle

    May 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    wow. that swim outfit is amazing. the whole photo is amazing.

  34. Cotton Socks

    May 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    what a great photo!
    thanks for sharing :)
    love the colours in the bikini.

  35. TheFashionAddict

    May 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    this is a great photo, that's a great bikini

    i wanna go snorkeling sometime, gonna have to learn to swim first haha

  36. Julie Anne Rhodes

    May 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Hot grandma! Great pic. I'll be so happy in my dotage, so long as all my memories are in silver picture frames all around me, and I have a view of the sea (from an Oliver Messel house in Barbados).

  37. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Adore this photograph!

  38. the style crusader

    May 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    this photo is incredible. gorgeous swimsuit. funny that the vintage shaped swimwear look is coming back into style… after low rise bottoms have been big for so long – now there is a backlash.

    still not sure how all our grandmother's managed to have such tiny waists!! really need to cut out the mcdonalds!! xx

  39. Sungirl

    May 16, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    This photo is perfect-from the fabric to the boat in the background! Fantastic!

  40. HAL

    May 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Her swimsuit is out of this world!

  41. Kelly

    May 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    What an amazing photo! She is beautiful and that swimsuit is amazing! Such personality.

    Sequins & Shadows

  42. Passport Smiles

    May 16, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This might be my favorite bikini that I have ever seen. Amazing! Plus, I hope to have the same life as Iona's grandparents…never lose the adventuresome spirit!

    Passport Smiles

  43. TrickyMaus

    May 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Super Fanstastic – Timeless, elegant and a bit FUNKY!

  44. Sarah Dee

    May 16, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    So sweet =)


  45. Mashy

    May 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    What a fantastic photo! She looks so chic and back then it was a lot harder to do I can imagine… ohh I just love this blog.

  46. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this photo. While your grandfather may have had the adventurous heart, your grandmother must have been quite a catch herself! Fit, fashionable and up for the challenge. I'd love to find that kind of relationship…and lifelong love…based on discovery and shared curiosity.

  47. Alejandra M. Fimbres

    May 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Wow! This kind of picture captures timeless moments of happiness and perfection….

    All you need is Love!

  48. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Wonder what kind of fabric this is? Exquisite detailing. I like the lipstick and nails. I want to marry someone who "forces" me into such situations. xx

  49. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    FAB swimsuit!!!!! I think the vintage photos are heating up!!! does this mean we are getting close to finding out who the winner is??? come on the anticipation is killing us!!!!!

  50. Anonymous

    May 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    This is wicked. Totally awesome. And she has the perfect figure for the bathing suit too.

  51. Gloria

    May 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    There is something about vintage photos, I think it's the people, how they smile and pose, it's so natural!
    Love it!

  52. cupcake

    May 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    this photo is just perfect.

  53. Ken

    May 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    The comments for this photo are unanimous and I will join the ranks in saying that it an absolutely Brilliant shot overall – your grandmother's joy and beauty, the bikini of course and the background!!!

    What are the details on the bikini? Yes, this bikini should definitely be revived for today and am impressed that "MJCK" noticed the color coordination of the snorkel…

    Just great!

  54. tashan

    May 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    this is so cute! its great to see how fashion evolves and revolves with time. – new summer collection :)

  55. Alice

    May 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful composition and amazing bikini! I really love the colors of this picture


  56. Fourth Daughter

    May 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I love this photo… it's so perfect and I love that it was taken in Australia which probably wasn't exactly the style capital of the world back then!! The photos and stories about people's grandparents and relatives have been so great, are you going to make a book of them?

  57. Lindsay

    May 16, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    LOVE IT!!! What a great pic :)

  58. lisa haskell

    May 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    everything about this is so awesome!

  59. Ladybird

    May 17, 2010 at 12:28 am

    It DOES look like Prada!

    Love those subtle colours.


    May 17, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Love her swimsuit. I wish people looked this good nowadays. x

  61. butterfly307

    May 17, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Really? Your grandparents will be sailing through Croatia this summer?
    Wow, what a small world (since I'm a Croatian!)
    Hope you'll visit us, too! :D

    And the photo is absolutely fantastic!! I love it!! the bikini is awesome!!!

  62. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 2:22 am

    This is my WIFE!! She looks good but as a person she is BETTER! 54 years of blissful marriage – 9 grandchildren

  63. Sonya Kayani

    May 17, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I love seeing pictures of your grandparents, they always look so elegant refined and beautiful.

    I would love to share with you some pictures of my maternal grandparents. They were both part of the IT crowd before the partition of pakistan and as such there are some very grand outfits and lots of pictures with a lot great people from history

  64. The Totally Vain Lorraine!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Wow. Hot grandmother. Hot bikini.

  65. jas

    May 17, 2010 at 2:32 am

    This is my WIFE!!She looks good but as a person she is even BETTER. -54 years of married bliss

    • Name*

      February 25, 2014 at 3:35 am

      Your wife has great style. And great legs as well. Lucky man!

  66. Miriam Parkman

    May 17, 2010 at 2:35 am

    This is just so amazing!
    It captures pretty much everything I like with the 50's; the style, the colourfulness, the joy and the "new times" after the war. Even though I'm a real fan of wartime and it's fashion, this is that kind of photo that inspires me to dress in late 50's today. If only that bikini still was avaivable!! I can sew, but that fabric is one of a kind…
    Thank you Iona fo sharing thi lovely photo of your grandmother!

  67. Ms Dash

    May 17, 2010 at 2:56 am

    The colours are amazing in this photo! They are all creamy gelato-like colours! So appropriate and divine!

  68. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Greetings to Iona's grandparents-welcome to Dalmatia coast.ineida

  69. Maija

    May 17, 2010 at 4:05 am

    Lovely looking lady & fab bikini!

  70. AnastasiaC

    May 17, 2010 at 4:19 am

    fantastic!! what a fun lady…and her bikini! its perfect!!

  71. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 4:25 am

    hey shes my grandmother too! my grandmother is now way cooler than i am

  72. vicki archer

    May 17, 2010 at 4:35 am

    This is the most fabulous photo…if only we could find something so stylish and of course look as sensational as your grandmother. I suspect she has as much style today as she did then. Wonderful post, thank you. xv


    May 17, 2010 at 5:42 am

    great shot…I love vintage pictures…

  74. Jeannine 520

    May 17, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Super fantastic pic! Blessings to your grandparents and may they continue to have many more adventures.

  75. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 7:05 am

    The past few vintage photos you've featured emphasize how the high-waisted silhouette feels right now.

  76. Jacqueline

    May 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

    She really must have been in love!

  77. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 8:01 am



  78. Susanna-Cole

    May 17, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Oh her bathing suit is amazing, I'd wear it today! Such a beautiful picture too!


  79. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I don't use this word too often, but: divine!

  80. H

    May 17, 2010 at 9:35 am


  81. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:36 am

    HRVATSKA!! CROATIA!! woohooo! ;)

  82. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Charming and beautiful! I wonder if you are the Iona from the UK I knew from Appel Farm in the 90's

  83. SabinePsynopsis

    May 17, 2010 at 9:43 am

    What a wild and free spirit. Love her (and the bikini, naturally, too)!

  84. MacarenaMakuka

    May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am


  85. Poivre Monkey

    May 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    OMG i love her swimsuit !

  86. Chloe Daley

    May 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    This is simply fantastic. So much spunk!

  87. Liv

    May 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    I aaaadoooore this!!!!!!!! Take me back to the fifties please!

  88. Maegan

    May 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    love everything about it. just brilliant!

  89. Lovro

    May 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    it would be awesome in a modern version,with smaller pants,these just look…wide.
    I hope they will have fun over here! ;)

  90. Tasha

    May 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    oh! outfit, manicure, that fit body and wonderful smile! love this woman

  91. ZombieLace

    May 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I love everything about it, especially the adorable awkwardness.

  92. Callaloo

    May 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    That looks like a woman who decided early on that life should be anything but boring!

  93. doingtheunstuck

    May 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    too good to be true!

  94. lucinda

    May 17, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    There is something so inspiring about this. Thank you Iona (and Scott) for sharing this.

  95. Carly & Sophia

    May 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    best bathing suit ever!!!! your grandmother is beautiful!

  96. Anonymous

    May 17, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Rocking Bod!
    killer legs!


    May 18, 2010 at 2:18 am

    That is one phenomenal picture!

    Really, it's like a short time travel. Absolutely fantastic!

  98. Oli

    May 18, 2010 at 4:09 am

    As a passionate freediver with a soft spot for the 1950s I simply adore the picture!

  99. JUL!A

    May 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Love the image and what she express in it

  100. Scacco alle Regine

    May 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Really faboulus!!! :-)))

  101. Farah

    May 18, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    love it. that is exactly how a woman's body should be. curvy and feminine!

    D e g a i n e

  102. Style Odyssey

    May 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    she is absolutely adorable in that bikini! a very pretty young woman. what a neat vintage family photo.

  103. Forest City Fashionista

    May 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    That is one of the coolest bikinis I have ever seen, and your Grandma wears it so well–I would post this photo on my fridge for style inspiration!

  104. Official Movie Trailer

    May 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Wow! Classic.

  105. ivana

    May 19, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Very nice. She smiles like Garance! :)

  106. The AstroCat

    May 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    She is stunningly beautiful.
    Love the pic :)

  107. 'S'

    May 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

    it's obvious…someone like you had to come from fantastic ancestors!!she seems so advanced for her time!

  108. pinky

    May 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

    to use a Rachel Zoe expression:


    this photo is WAY beyond!! what a vibrant, beautiful young woman your grandmother is here!
    love her.

  109. Anonymous

    May 21, 2010 at 11:15 am


  110. Col Hancox

    May 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! Great photo & I live in Cairns – I wonder where this was taken – maybe on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns.

    I'm glad little ol' Cairns gets a mention on this world famous site! Cheers! Col

  111. Lecon de vetement

    May 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    My friend said that this picture is so me, and now that I see it this is probably the best picture EVER!!!!! Thank you for posting this you made my day!

  112. Beverly

    May 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    so amazing!

  113. lovefool

    May 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

    i love her swimsuit!!!!!

  114. Just me and my bon genre!

    May 26, 2010 at 5:28 am

    She looks so happy.. love the bathing suit in her very fit body! :) they dont come in these size anymore… shame.. love your granmere..

    visit my blog…

  115. Iryna

    May 26, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Sincere, alive, beautiful…

  116. sarahspy

    May 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    i think this is my favorite post on here ever! wonderful photo & style!

  117. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    That bikini is absolutely gorgeous! And she looks so fun and glam at the same time. Great.

  118. Penelope

    May 29, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This bathing suit is truly amazing!

  119. deer in the forest

    May 30, 2010 at 5:47 am

    The swimsuit is absolutely fantastic!

  120. ari

    May 31, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    this is an amzing vintage photo, very inspiring :)

  121. MUS

    June 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    love it ;)

  122. hadas

    June 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    what a photo….

  123. Tiffany

    June 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I love everything about this pic! Even the sepia tone ;-)

    Free Credit Score

  124. Anonymous

    June 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    topshop, if you're listening; please do this swimsuit. Most gorgeous thing i've ever seen.
    and it is my favourite post ever too.

  125. Anonymous

    June 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    What a beautiful and fun photo!
    I am looking for a perfect fifties bathing suit for ages now, unfortenately no luck so far..

  126. Teresa @ good-grace

    July 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    FanTAStic!! I love this photo – and even more so after reading Iona's description of her grandmother. Thank you for sharing.

  127. pootpoot

    July 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

    The shoes are quite a bold statement.

  128. Maria

    February 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    So beautiful!

  129. martine

    July 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I wish I had your grandmom’s swim suit!!! In fact, I’ll bet her entire honeymoon suitcase would be perfect!!!! She is so pretty, what a natural smile.

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