Wednesday, August 5, 2009

On the Street…. Sheila Scotter, Melbourne

This lovely lady is Sheila Scotter, one of the first editors of Australian Vogue. I shot her when I was in Melbourne last time for a Saba ad campaign. I’ve become accustomed to posting photos pretty quickly after I shoot them, so sitting on this shot until its campaign release date has been murder. I didn’t get to spend much time with Ms. Scotter, but she is definitely a person I would love to see again when I go back to Melbourne for the book tour. I will say that in the brief time it took to shoot her she oozed intimidating old


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  1. Joyce

    August 5, 2009 at 9:46 am

    So cool

  2. miss sophie

    August 5, 2009 at 9:53 am

    i love the embellished fancy cane. who said octogenarians can't give younger kids a run for their money? :)

  3. Michelle Elise

    August 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I love it. Thank you! This reminds me of my grandmother… she used to study Vogue patterns, then carefully create them (like the old-fashioned way– by sewing!). I wonder if glamor exists like it used to… it was so dignified.

  4. StreetstyleNews

    August 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Wow – she is one classy Lady!!!

  5. Hayley

    August 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    she is so gorgeous.

  6. sarah

    August 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    this is why i love your site.

  7. Oriane

    August 5, 2009 at 10:10 am

    She's 88 years old but so chic !

  8. Sasha

    August 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    what a chic lady! I only wish to look that fabulous on my 80s!

  9. thatsorad

    August 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    "she oozed intimidating old school charm and a sense of formal elegance" wow! Im not sure what was more beautiful, what you wrote, Sheila or the photos. So Rad!

  10. Pearl Westwood

    August 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Oh so elegant, I do love your blog so much, I like the real people!

  11. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

    The girl on the cover of the newspaper article wearing platform black sandals with socks…Can anyone tell me where I can find those shoes!!!! The designer? Anything? I had a pair exactly like them from ESPACE and have been searching for years to replace

  12. carolyn

    August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

    I want to be as amazing as she is when I grow old. I can't wait until your book comes out in the U.S.!!

  13. -h

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    she looks fantastic!!

  14. Noémie K

    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am

    how classy is she*

  15. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
    what a nice way to start the morning – i was going to say great but let's ease up on the superlatives so that they return to being superlative.
    Much like this woman's elegance. I agree with you she has a distinct presence. Like the gentleman with the b&w spectators from a couple of days ago, her style is from a bygone era. For 88, she's holdin' it down very well.


    August 5, 2009 at 11:39 am

    That is a beautiful photo :)

  17. beba,

    August 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    That's my grandma!

    I'm a liar. But i would be glad, if i could have grandma like that.

    Peace and love!

  18. Saks In The City

    August 5, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Wow this is timeless chic ! She does have attitude !

  19. UNordinary Chic

    August 5, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Wow! Such an inspiring woman! I can only hope I am still that fabulous when I'm 88.


  20. whyioughtta

    August 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

    These in-depth posts are great. She is clearly a powerhouse.

  21. Jack Daniel

    August 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I like the article: forget models….real people rule!


    August 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    She's so classy ! I love it.

  23. Fannah

    August 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    she looks so elegant! she seems like a very nice lady.

    (i must have misunderstood. so you posted this picture almost immediately after taking it and it's already used in several magazines?? way to go ;) )

  24. Fringe

    August 5, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    This may be one of my very favorite features you've ever done. Sheila knows her stuff. Accessories make the outfit. Her beautiful soul shines through in your excellent photo. If I'm half as stylish as Sheila when I'm her age, I'll be thrilled.

    I love her even a little bit more because I have a very special Sheila in my life, my mom.

  25. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    On my screen, Ms. Scotter appeared to the right, and an American Apparel ad, shiny see-through spandex tights and all, appeared to the left. What a contrast! Nothing wrong with the spandex, but the contrast between enduring style and class and the fashion adventures of youth really stood out.

    Beautiful photos!

  26. Passport Foodie

    August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Sheila looks great!

    Good for her

    Passport Foodie

  27. Caddie

    August 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    She holds a certain graceful air about her. Love this.

  28. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    That's so awesome. I wish the scan article was a bit bigger so I can read it.

  29. Laura Gaskill

    August 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Oh my, she is dashing! And anyone who had DV as a mentor certainly deserves our respect! And I *love* the shot of her office at Vogue in 1962.

  30. Zander

    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    With her it isn't so much her clothes, it is how she is wearing them. I wonder if it's possible for a younger person to look this poised and perfect. There is a certain comfort in her image and clothes that I adore.

  31. Nini

    August 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    So your name is Scott Schuman, very nice name, I saw a picture of you on you previous posts, it fits you. You have impeccable taste, and it is a pleasure to watch your pictures and read your comments about them.
    You have a (I am pretty sure, there are many more though) faithful follower from México.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog!!

  32. pretty face

    August 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Shooting Australian Vogue; appearing in UK Vogue! Yes, I read the interview with you today. It was really fascinating getting an outsider's look at how you choose your photographs… approach people etc. One thing that struck me as that a lot of the people whom you shoot recognise you. How did you find it at first when they didn't recognise you?

    Thanks for doing the article – it was very enjoyable to read!

  33. Kat

    August 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    what an elegant lady!

  34. Nouvelle Vue

    August 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    She truly is dressed very elegantly.

  35. Ms. B

    August 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    She's lovely! Very charming!



  36. B3PA

    August 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    she's one of the most fashionable person I have seen in your blog…
    the old ladies always have somenthing more than others..maybe it's only experience….


    August 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I love this post! I ADORE older women who are stylish & graceful and just by looking at her you can tell she is someone who would be very interesting and exciting to talk to! I aspire to be a lady like that someday! :)

  38. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm


  39. holly

    August 5, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    First of all thank you Scott for what you are doing for my make me a very happy camper. Your site always gives me something to look forward to. Secondly the picture and articles of Sheila Scotter…what can one say for a LADY such as she. What a dream life. Dito 10:53

  40. sblazer227

    August 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    very classy look but i have to say i am loving that cane. why stick to a bland brown cane when u can get them to match your outfit. its not a crutch, make it an accessory.

  41. kristina *

    August 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    what a lady. chapeau.

  42. Emom

    August 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I would love to be her, when I grow up. She reminds me of the many elegant women that I idolized as a young girl, all of them in their "Sunday best", even in the heat of a Southern summer…Perfect, in a good way.

  43. paletadesonhos

    August 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    amazing , what a woman … a true lady

  44. Well Done

    August 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    thank you for featuring fashionable women over 25. more please.

  45. noye studios

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Stylish! Aside from the gloves (which wouldn't be practical for me) I can completely see me wearing the exact outfit to the office.

  46. Tee Sea

    August 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

  47. Amy

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    I love her elegance.

  48. Eva Internazionale

    August 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I (almost) want to be her because of this photo.

  49. Amalia

    August 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    'Bored and grumpy' I love her description of catwalk models today.

  50. JouJou Loves You

    August 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    She is absolutely EXQUISITE!!!! And YES…REAL people RULE!!!!

  51. MicNic

    August 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    It's a pity more Melbournian's don't follow Sheila's style instead of opting for the unwashed-bad fabric-ensembles that seems so common.

  52. Olviya

    August 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    ohhh my, she is gorgeous!

  53. Nick Leonard

    August 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I love the black and white pairing. Congrats on the photo getting featured.

  54. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I miss melbourne

    nice photo.. elegance and happiness

  55. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    One captivating beauty~! There needs to be an entire blog dedicated to the beauty that age brings to us.

  56. Spend Or Splurge

    August 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    she wears her age well!

  57. Fashion&Such

    August 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    she looks absolutely fabulous!
    & love her work, inspiring :)

  58. Antonio Barros

    August 5, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Wooow! She is sooo elegant!!!

  59. Esmoquin room

    August 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    She's great. Very stylistic.

    I've to said that I love you pictures of (let me say) old people. You make them look charm, chic, respectful… When I see your pictures of them I feel their personal History… like a calm fashion… Allway great.


    PD. Will you come to Spain with your book tour?

  60. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Mic Nic – Sweeping generalisation about Melbournians beings 'unwashed'. Perhaps in the circles that you mix!

  61. Asra

    August 5, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I just got the new Anthropologie catalog and was amazed to see that it was shot entirely in this blog's photo-verite style. Real people modeling the clothes – who would have ever thought?! Way to go Sart!

  62. Sullivan Carter

    August 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    As the great Coco Chanel said,

    “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.”

  63. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I'm so proud to see that this stylish lady is a fellow Australian! I can only hope to achieve such style myself…

  64. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I was disturbed by the American Apparel Ads intermixing pictures off little kids with pictures of teenage girls in porno poses. It seems really wrong.

  65. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Ms Scotter always wore nothing but black and white. Is this still the case? She was always the legend of my Aussie little-girlhood.

  66. Iza

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Loving your blog, loving all the people you feature in it! I really look forward to your new post everyday. I love all the possiblities of what one can wear or do with one's outfits! Thank you.

  67. Yoli

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    When I grow up I want to be this lady. What class and beauty!

  68. SustantivoMasculino

    August 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    ~classic chic.

  69. Crystal

    August 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    "Forget Models, Real People Rule"…I like that a lot. So true! We're awesome.

  70. pretty kitty publishing

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Fantastic! I have a biography of Diana Vreeland in my book collection and when I glanced at your photo of this elegantly posed woman, Vreeland came to mind.

    I will soon be adding your book to my collection of books on style and fashion, by the way!



  71. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Sart, if you keep posting all these stylish women with canes and walking sticks they'll be all over the SS 2010 runways. Hell, the trend might even blow up by next Tuesday.

    "With great power comes great responsibility" -Spiderman


  72. Anonymous

    August 5, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    what elegance! from head to toe. she manages to push all of my buttons at the same time, and i absolutely LOVE it!

  73. Camille

    August 6, 2009 at 12:00 am

    What a chic woman, an inspiration.

  74. AnonymousJK

    August 6, 2009 at 12:07 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE HER! She rocks and rolls in so many divine ways!

  75. Teresa

    August 6, 2009 at 12:53 am

    do you ever shot people who do not wear designer clothes, who are not well off? do you ever put pictures from other countries that are not considered first world? or are the invisible to you????

    maybe some italian neorealism can show you what real beauty is???

  76. Serg Riva

    August 6, 2009 at 1:24 am

    This is great. I love the floor. It makes her scarf that much better

  77. Ruhvana and Flanelli

    August 6, 2009 at 1:26 am

    She is fabulous!


  78. Rob

    August 6, 2009 at 2:43 am

    she is so beautiful x

  79. Arm Candy on the Avenue

    August 6, 2009 at 2:44 am

    so chic!!

  80. hi-d

    August 6, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Very classy woman!

  81. Ruby

    August 6, 2009 at 3:04 am

    her style is timeless…

  82. Ivy

    August 6, 2009 at 3:34 am

    bought that issue of vogue today…your shots in it were amazing. (:

  83. Christina Song

    August 6, 2009 at 3:44 am

    indeed timeless elegance. i love it!

  84. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 4:31 am

    i remember reading about sheila scotter years ago that she only wore black and white. she's obviously continued this aesthetic for all these years!
    a reminder of how flattering a well cut suit is.


    August 6, 2009 at 4:46 am

    she s just gorgeous. loved that photo



  86. Farren

    August 6, 2009 at 5:00 am

    She's gorgeous and her style is inspiring. =)

  87. Ashley

    August 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

    She is so refined and elegant. You don't see that very much anymore.

  88. Gwen

    August 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Amazing lady…the photograph really expresses her character.

  89. David Toms

    August 6, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Brilliant! Living in Canada I had forgotton all about Sheila, but remember her while growing up and always devoure the latest issue of Vogue ( I lived in a country town, so it was all I could get except for the Womans Weekly) She certainly was a driving force behind fashin and design in Australia! Thankyou!

  90. ♥ Cara Mia ♥

    August 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

    she's fierce! one can only hope to be that fierce at that age!

  91. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 9:44 am


  92. Little Red

    August 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Wow, what a lovely woman! She looks fabulous!

  93. american dream

    August 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

    so cool!

  94. Jeannie

    August 6, 2009 at 1:51 pm


  95. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I'm always so delighted to see an older person looking wonderful on this site. More and more, I see older people (women AND men)surgically strip away the history on their faces. I'm going to try with all my might not to do that. Because this woman is really beautiful. And it's partly because she owns her age with such grace.

  96. Monique

    August 6, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I love her scarf!

  97. Pili

    August 6, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    It was so exciting to open the weekly Style supplement of the SMH and see your picture and your work Scott! The photos look great and can't wait to see the whole Saba campaign.

  98. Dr.Kraft

    August 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    i really think in this way:: getting real people is a new and strong "trend"
    rock it !! Mr. Scott
    alan nei

  99. Anonymous

    August 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    where can we read this article for free?

  100. Cultivated Ah Lian

    August 7, 2009 at 12:16 am

    she is not 88! I thot maybe 70,hope I'll be like her at that age!

  101. toto

    August 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    omg she's so…i can't express the words that describes what i think about these old woman, shes an idol! and it made me remember to my grondmother, she used to have her hair like that.

  102. Marta

    August 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    wonderful lady.Thank you for gorgeous photo.

  103. Jess

    August 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    She's lovely. I can only hope to embody half of that chic sophistication in 60 years!

  104. Rene Schaller

    August 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Great picture of a great styled woman!

  105. Mikki on the go

    August 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

    We can see the beauty of young every where but it is rare to see this kind of aged elegant beauty.
    Thank you, this lady shows me how I could age well in the future.

  106. Sigrid

    August 10, 2009 at 4:56 am

    The best thing about Ms Scotter's black and white only wardrobe is how timeless the pieces can be. Her pantsuit could be anywhere from 40 to 1 year old and there is no real way of knowing as her garments are always both classic and beautifully constructed. Elegance is ageless.

  107. The fabulous Miss K

    August 10, 2009 at 6:40 am

    How fabulous is this lady. Such elegance and style.

  108. Bird of Light

    August 10, 2009 at 8:11 am

    For me, it's her hair, above all else, that pulls together this very fine look. Perfectly timeless. Of course, her smile, classic suit an belt, all work wonders. Stunning!

  109. Jodie | Sério: Moda!

    August 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Fantastic lady!

    Now i wanna see fat/elegant people here…



  110. Mariana Bonaparte

    August 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    how gorgeous she is!

  111. Fab50Plus

    August 16, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    She's the very definition of ageless style…thanks so much for sharing her with us!

  112. Nat-Loves-U

    August 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    fashion comes from your soul – its you.

  113. Caroline

    August 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    What an incredibly classy woman. I bet I would be terrified of her as well. Although, while she does give an impression of intimidation, she seems softer than perhaps Anna Wintour would be :)

  114. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm


  115. Sarah Klassen

    August 18, 2009 at 4:31 am

    She has style! Wow!

  116. Randall

    September 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    she is stunning, I am deeply touched

  117. Anonymous

    August 27, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I love her cane! Her outfit and style is elegant and fun. I hope to be like her when I'm old!

  118. Dax

    August 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Incredible stylish.

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