Saturday, March 10, 2012

Vintage Photo

I live in Ukraine and just recently found this photograph of my grandmother’s friends, I love the dress on this girl.

Olya Shylenko


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  1. Simbarashe

    March 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Wow, is this Russia?

    • Camila

      May 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

      It says “Ukraine”…and it´s not Russia, though it was under Russia´s domain some time ago..

  2. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    March 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    A Russian cashier! Very nice.

  3. Tinacious.Me

    March 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    i really like the texture and pattern of the dress, but what is going on here?

  4. Laura

    March 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

  5. V.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    where was it taken?

  6. Mica

    March 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Love that dress – would be just as stylish if it was worn today!

  7. Costanza Saglio

    March 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Amazing. Her lace-dress could be from nowadays.

  8. Natasha Fatah

    March 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Look at that playful look on her face. I wish we knew what was going on in this picture. Look at those awesome wide leg pants. And I wonder if there’s a significance to that hat? And I love that he’s trying to buy something, but that man behind the gate is too engrossed with the woman. Very charming picture.


  9. Reptilia

    March 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Wonderful photo!!


  10. Jane Alisa

    March 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    What a sweet photo :-)

  11. Kit

    March 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Visually compelling. Love the guy’s head pop out from the hole.

  12. upandcoming

    March 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Oh – she is so cute, like she knows a secret!
    What is the story?

  13. Elena

    March 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Oh! Lovely photo! The smile of the girl is so shy and sweet!

  14. Haidee

    March 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I love this photo and I love her 1950s full skirt so cute

  15. [email protected]

    March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    They are wonderful! She is lovely in her pretty dress and his wide leg pants are too cool!

  16. Dina

    March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am


  17. bonnie, clyde and marni

    March 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

  18. 賴建岱

    March 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I like the mischief in her smile:)

  19. Kelly Van Hecke

    March 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful. Real timeless elegance.

  20. kristine reynolds

    March 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Love the pants on the guy! fantastic style

  21. Allucy

    March 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    the dress is great and the girl is lovely!

    and btw people, educate yourself! Ukraine is not Russia, it is as wrong to say so, as if you said that Poland is Russia.

  22. Willemijn Sofie

    March 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I love it to, it is a really gorgeous dress!

  23. ETC...

    March 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Amazing lace dress… so pretty!


  24. Suzzanka

    March 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    If its in Ukraine, then its NOT Russia. Judging by the hats that they wearing (part of tatar’s national/folk dress) its either Crimea Pensinsule, or South Russia, where there a lot of Tatars n these hats r a common thing.

  25. Jane

    March 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Looking quickly at the face in the window, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan! Very nice photo.

  26. White Perla

    March 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

    What a nice picture I love vintage black and white pictures…

  27. Desiree Choo

    March 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

  28. MolDiva

    March 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I wana cry
    I wanna go back to those times
    I miss my grannies
    So many memories brings me such pictures

  29. La Vie Quotidienne by Sartorialist

    March 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

    AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG PIC….LOVE the view of men inside the Building.

    Kss from MUNICH

    You can check my purchase in MARNI for H&M…superrrrrrr:

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  30. Marlow

    March 10, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Talking about vintage pictures… Doesn’t that man to the right look like you?

  31. Cat Alberts

    March 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

    No not her dress… his Trousers are amazing!

  32. Martine

    March 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Charming! That is the grandmother? The mischievous girl? I just love it. It makes my day.

  33. Lucy

    March 10, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Beautiful, makes me smile :)

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  34. Yura

    March 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    but I like this guy’s pants!!! :-)

  35. Steph

    March 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

    gorgeous! i always love ur vintage photo posts <3


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  36. miriamstella

    March 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

  37. Rachel

    March 10, 2012 at 11:39 am It looks like he is buying something and the cashier is admiring her ;)

    So cute. She looks a bit like Emma Wstson–same style aesthetic, too IMO

  38. My Style Canvas

    March 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

    That is a great look on both of them–love her dress and hairstyle.

  39. vints

    March 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

    maybe this is ukrainian or russian girl. but this photo was taken in asia like turkmenistan or uzbekistan ( USSR republiks) . it make clear by their head caps and swarty skin men behind the girl

  40. Speed

    March 10, 2012 at 11:51 am

    “I love the dress on this girl.”

    I love her smile. And the pants!

  41. Serdane

    March 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    So fresh, the dress resumes everything about the moment in the picture. A moment of freedom !

  42. Lauren Helen

    March 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    wow, her dress is so lovely! great photo! i love this feature!

  43. Becky Bedbug

    March 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    That dress is so beautiful! I’m also confused by the man in black.

    I adore vintage photos like these. We’ll never know the real story behind them but we can certainly have fun guessing!


  44. Aurélie & Angelo

    March 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Another absolute gem of a photo! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  45. Leira Zetroc

    March 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I think this is what separates you from other street style bloggers, Scott. I noticed you don’t just post pictures about what people are wearing on the street, you expand your topic into other areas and allow your readers to collaborate. This has created a very unique and more personal community on the blogosphere. You are not just one of the first bloggers to do this, but one of the only bloggers as well. Keep it up.

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  46. Ally

    March 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Wonderful photo, I agree – the dress is truly gorgeous.

  47. Giorgia

    March 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Love this pic, the girl’s expression is so funny, it seems she is planning something!


    Please have a look at it!

    Xxx Giorgia

  48. Mira

    March 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Ukraine is not Russia!

  49. style-xyz

    March 10, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    great photo! I love vintage climate :)

  50. Linda

    March 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Such a wonderful photo!

    It’s really nice to see something from my home country. Ukrainian girls have always had good style ;)

  51. lidiya

    March 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Her dress is gorgeous, I have one so similar, so many years later <3

  52. Lu

    March 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    such a cool photo!

  53. olena

    March 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    yeah, coming from Ukraine as well I can only confirm that our grandmoms have 100 of those pictures!

  54. Eliza

    March 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is stunning! Both the girl and the dress are beautiful in a really natural way.

  55. DSTONE Magazine

    March 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Her dress is so cute!

  56. Petticoat Playground

    March 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    She is so nice! So innocent! amazing dress!!! and he rocks the headband! :D

  57. Eva

    March 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Again a gorgeous pictures and love her drss to!

  58. Blog ABRIL Moda

    March 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    So lovely!!

  59. Urbanfashionartist

    March 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Absolutely love love love this photo. Her dress is georgous and the atmosphere of the picture is very inspiring. Visit my freshly new blog!

  60. Street Lovely

    March 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Hah. Early, Russian Sartorialist.

  61. katebate

    March 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Forget the dress on the girl, how fantastic are those pants on the man!!

  62. Monsieur Marcel

    March 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    While, for me, the dress is noteworthy, I agree with katebate about those pants (her voice sounds familiar, btw).
    Another example of an inspired unknown photographer.

  63. TaniaPoli

    March 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Beautiful photo! I guess it’s the first vintage photo from a formers USSR here:)
    Just to answer the questions about Ukraine and Russia. Ukraine used to be part of USSR, considered as a republic but still part of one country at the time.
    Now it’s an independent country that has common borders with Russia (and Poland btw:)). They speak their own language and encourage their people not speaking Russian. But that’s politic stuff. Thanks god we’re in fashion:)

    I know all this because I am Russian (living in London though:))

  64. Kay Johnson

    March 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What a sweet face!

  65. CultureShockArt

    March 10, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    What’s she hiding behind her back? Charming photo.

  66. Kate

    March 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Olya clearly states that she’s from Ukraine. Ukraine IS NOT Russia. It’s a different country with a different language! C’mon, you’re online, just google it!

  67. Yukiko

    March 11, 2012 at 12:39 am

    Such a pretty dress! and a really nice smile too


  68. JDNow

    March 11, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Textile has a Missoni look and the classic silhouette could totally be worn today.

  69. Leanne

    March 11, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Most incredible photo. Love it

    From South Africa

  70. Ann

    March 11, 2012 at 1:45 am

    That’s pretty cool. I love seeing older photos of my parents when they were young. So sweet!

  71. Desiree

    March 11, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Yes the dress and the girl are very special … but how about those incredible pants and the hat the dude is wearing?!!!!

  72. Johnny

    March 11, 2012 at 3:57 am

    The dress of that little girl is simply amazing!

  73. isa

    March 11, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I love her dresse but also her little smile on her face ….

  74. michelle lee

    March 11, 2012 at 4:29 am

  75. mirefa

    March 11, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Wow, it must be wonderful when you find old and classical picture,

  76. Style Anywhere

    March 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

    lovely photo!

  77. Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle

    March 11, 2012 at 5:26 am

    You are so right. What a beautiful dress. And such a lovely girl.

  78. Name*

    March 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

    pretty, practical, real; just lovely.

  79. Chiara

    March 11, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Well said Kate, I was wondering why people was writing about where is the picture taken from!! Olya (the owner of the picture) wrote already what the picture is supposed to be! More then google something, read properly. We have learned reading before “googleing”:)

  80. Stills

    March 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

    So cute! Love her dress!

  81. pilar Cortés

    March 11, 2012 at 7:40 am

    OOOOOH! YES! I love dress.

  82. koolphoto

    March 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I love this vintage photos!…The smile in her face it´s so nice…

  83. Boxer's Adventures

    March 11, 2012 at 9:42 am

    LOVELY. Just lovely.
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  84. Mila*

    March 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

    It is indeed a great and nostalgic photo… thanks to Olya and Scott for publishing.
    I love your blog Scott.

    Further I agree with Suzannka, this photo may be taken from the southern part of Ukraine with numerous tatar population leaving there, sine the hat that this young man is wearing is part of their traditional clothing. Also.
    TaniaPoli very well clarified the question about Ukraine and Russia. I am also from this part of the world presently vealing in Toronto

  85. Mila*

    March 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Yes, it is indeed a beautiful and nostalgic photo. thank you Olya and Scott… i love your blog… awesome!!! Please keep doing this wonderful job!!!

    Yes i agree with Suzzanka, it is definitely from the southern part of Ukraine where the numerous tatar population is leaving and a little hat that this young man is wearing is a part of traditional tatar clothing… Also, TaniaPoli very well clarified the question about Russia and Ukraine… i know that as well because i am originally from this part but presently leaving in Toronto…

  86. Driveway paving Brentwood

    March 11, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Great photo….
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  87. sdg

    March 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Great photo and style…could have been taken yesterday.

  88. Aga's suitcase

    March 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I love the dress, so romantic…

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  89. The life after

    March 11, 2012 at 11:41 am

    This pic is so nice… The face of the girl is adorable!

    The Life After

  90. Olesya

    March 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Hello! I live in southern Russia on the Black Sea coast. Photography appears in Uzbekistan (Republic of the SOVIET UNION in the past) the people national hats peoples of Uzbekistan, is called tûbitejka)))

  91. IS THIS IT? models review

    March 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Great the girl – but the guy on the right too imo…

  92. Alexander

    March 11, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This photograph is awesome. I love the smirk on her face!

  93. Voon

    March 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Gush! I remember seeing a Nanette Lapore lace dress very reminiscent of this look… Both such triumphs!

  94. Jessie

    March 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I love the little smile!

  95. Sara

    March 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Her smile and krinkley eyes resemble Olga Korbut in 1972 Olympics.

  96. stylefootprints

    March 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    A great photograph was captured here. The woman really looks so ladylike.

  97. Katarina

    March 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm


  98. maca

    March 11, 2012 at 5:33 pm

  99. sofas | Julian

    March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I love photography, it reflects the wonderful moment of love.

  100. ADJ

    March 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    It is amazing how things come back into style…

  101. Ma

    March 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    great photographs

  102. Closeted Dreamer

    March 12, 2012 at 12:05 am

    love Vintage photos

  103. claudio

    March 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Lovely smile, love the guys trousers!

    Ukraine, not Russia (although it was part of the Soviet Union at the time of picture).

    Get informed about general topics like geography other than clothes.

  104. Kate

    March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Love the dress, the shot, and the boy checking her out! :)

    Kate x

  105. Beti

    March 12, 2012 at 9:46 am

    This is like a Fellini’s La Strada inspired photo shoot – how lovely they are!

  106. Angela

    March 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Real classy – both dress and look. Women should wear more dresses!

  107. Cohiba

    March 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oh, this picture is so moving ! A testimony of what Europe was before World War II.
    The man with the hat behind the gate incredibly looks like Franz Kafka !

  108. Joni Schrantz

    March 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing this!

  109. I

    March 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Very beautiful dress and i love the vintage photos! // Jewellery

  110. Cigarette

    March 13, 2012 at 6:08 am

    A sweet mix of grace and youth, love the dress!

  111. Anastasia

    March 13, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I wonder if this photo was taken in Odessa, Odessa was always renown for it’s particular style and amount of fashionable people.
    The dress is wonderful, but the man’s high waisted flared leg pants.. amazing!

  112. Cecilia

    March 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    She reminds me off the Mad Men tv-show character Peggy Olsen.

  113. antique engagement rings

    March 15, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I love vintage.. wonderful!

  114. nick

    March 18, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Looks like Odessa, definitely somewhere in a southern city in Ukraine. A cap on that man could have been worn anywhere. Trendy peeps they were back then, eh?

  115. ananda

    March 19, 2012 at 11:18 am

    this era maybe the basic inspiration to this Fall collections of Rodarte…

  116. P Lee

    March 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    This girl looks almost exactly like my daughter!! Who is she?? Any info would be appreciated!!

  117. Christie

    April 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Vintage photos have some specific atmosphere. Love this one very much!

  118. Manny

    June 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    But I like the guys pants!

  119. gila

    October 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    he is buying a ticket for them. probably for the movies.

  120. Martine

    April 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    His pants are so perfect for right this minute. The coolest guys wear them right now.

  121. Aga

    May 13, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Olya, do you have any idea where and when was that picture taken? I’m curious, because the girl looks strikingly similar to my mother and her father escaped as a 10-years-old boy from Ukraine during the World War II. I would be very grateful for any information. A.

  122. Erica

    January 27, 2014 at 4:18 am

    I love this dress but can’t help but wonder what on earth is going on behind her.

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