Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vintage Photo

This is my mother, Carmela, during the summer of 1956 at the age of 23, in Marbella in the south of Spain.


- Luis




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    August 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    This photo has hardly aged! Full of the current trends – what with thin waists and large bold prints we could be back in the 50s!

    • Etrala London

      August 25, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Lovely outfit! We could wear all the pieces now.. high waisted and printed skirt, headscarf… Love the 50s!!!

      Check out our fashion label:

      Maria xx

    • Eyespectacle

      August 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      How about the spectacles, would you wear them now? It always seems easier to fall in love again with certain prints, looks, etc from the past when it comes to clothes and some accessories but we seem a bit shy when it comes to statement eyewear, no?

      • Brendan

        August 26, 2012 at 11:34 pm

        I like that they add architecture to her face without obscuring her eyes. The expression in her eyes is what makes this such a great portrait.

        • Sandra

          August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

          How interesting! I have never been a fan of see-through lens but on her they really make all the difference…

          • Simone Fraser

            September 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

            She is also an exceptional beauty!

      • Name*

        September 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm

        Yes; No. The glasses seem great.

      • Fadia Williams

        October 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        The sunglasses are vintage Renault sunglasses as worn by Johnny Depp in Rum Diaries..I’m dying to find a pair..

  2. Natasha

    August 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    She is just exquisite. Movie star grace.
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  3. Vera Rodrigues

    August 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I love everything in this photo, but that scarf is just killing me! Perfect!

  4. bj

    August 25, 2012 at 9:13 am


  5. bj

    August 25, 2012 at 9:14 am


  6. Peter

    August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Gorgeous. My favorite of the classic photos so far.

  7. Valentina

    August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

    You mother looks lovely!

    • Luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Valentina!
      Luis Echánove

  8. Pistachio

    August 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Whoa, she is beautiful. She looks a smidge like Christy Turlington!

  9. Pistachio

    August 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Whoa, she is beautiful. She looks a smidge like Christy Turlington.

  10. Jen

    August 25, 2012 at 9:29 am

    She looks stunning- and so summery! That skirt and matching belt are amazing!


  11. Madame L

    August 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I think I may have an outfit simliar to this in my own closet that I will be putting on later today. Your mother is absolutely beautiful. Lovely styling .She could wear this now.

  12. The Daily Connoisseur

    August 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

    What a beautiful image. She is lovely…

  13. ttea

    August 25, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It’s very clear as soon as you look at her skirt and top combination, so typically 50′s. I really love the headscarf, I wish that headscarves would come in vogue.

    • Carolina

      August 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Why wait until they come in vogue! Go for it :)

  14. Who are thos strange people

    August 25, 2012 at 9:43 am

    She looks like a celeb!
    I love it
    wauw :-)


  15. Elisa Eymery

    August 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Scarves worn on the hair is so cool, very rare nowadays but it really was a flattering trend. Cool tailored blouse too!

    Wandering Minds

  16. axeaboutme

    August 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

    stunning. thats something you could wear today!

  17. Mia Marionette

    August 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Aw, I love this! I always envy the feminine style of the 50s, the scarf is to cover her hair is fabulous!

  18. [email protected]

    August 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Timeless! This would look perfectly chic today.

  19. Lily and the Lady

    August 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

    OMG she’s beautiful!

  20. MACA

    August 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

    wow! she is dressed just like Louis Vuitton,love marbella!

  21. io caprone

    August 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

    how incredibly elegant and sexy – sorry to say that about your grandmother…but it’s true!!!

    • Luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Don’t feel sorry, she looked elegant and sexy but she is not my grandmother, she is my mother.
      Luis Echanove

  22. Becky Bedbug

    August 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Wow, she is so glamorous! The head scarf, the sunglasses, the print on the skirt… Everything about this is incredible!

    Vintage style photos are my favourite!


  23. Lorraine

    August 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Your mother is dressed as girls at 23 today are wearing, or very similar. Maybe the length of her skirt may be longer than they are today.

    • Poppy Keane

      August 26, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Ohhh, you must not live in the US ;-)

    • luis echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

      Thanks Lorraine. I am so proud to see her at The Sartorialist! thanks Scott!

  24. barefoot duchess

    August 25, 2012 at 10:19 am


  25. My Vintage Curves

    August 25, 2012 at 10:19 am

    She’s such an elegant woman!

  26. adele

    August 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    she looks so chic! cool photo.

  27. monkeyshines

    August 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    gorgeous vintage look!


  28. Coco

    August 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Who took the picture? Her eyes tell the story.

    • luis echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 5:45 am

      My father did. they where a stuning couple!

  29. Victor

    August 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

    This is sooo chic!

  30. Sarah

    August 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Such a lovely woman and outfit!

    xoxo Sarah

  31. Irene's closet

    August 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

    OMG this pic is amazing!

  32. Serdane

    August 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I live the skirt. She was very glamour.

  33. Laura

    August 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So beautiful! Great outfit!

  34. Countess Claire

    August 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

    She looks wonderful! So classy with the petticoat skirt and the headscarf! Reminds me a bit of Grace Kelly.

    • Sophie

      August 27, 2012 at 4:36 am

      Oh my god… I thought so too. I’ve just been looking at a book of Grace photographs and I thought ‘woaaahh’, look alike alert.

  35. ivana

    August 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

    So lovely. The sunglasses are divine!!! Someone needs to make a modern version so I can buy them, please!

  36. Anja

    August 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Wow she was really beautiful and had a great style. She looks really modern.

  37. Shopaholic in London

    August 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Wow really beautiful and stylish, cool photograph.


    August 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

    beautiful picture!!!

  39. Tali

    August 25, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Carmela, what a beautiful name!


  40. MaricruzLA

    August 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    She look so classy , and pure beauty!

  41. Esther

    August 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I love vintage photos! They portray so much in one picture. She looks like a classic movie star! (:

    Esther xx

  42. princessglee

    August 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    She and her styke are beautiful. Wore a scarf and sunnies like that once. Lots of people had lots to say.

  43. Alexandra

    August 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Wow! She’s gorgeous! What a beautiful picture and a stunning woman!

  44. Alice

    August 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    How utterly beautiful, I love old photographs – they are so romantic!


  45. Erica

    August 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  46. annamaria potamiti

    August 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm


  47. The Edit

    August 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    WOW she is incredibly chic, so 50′s yet so modern.

  48. lookbooktime

    August 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Elegante y femenina. Pretty woman

  49. Eva

    August 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Wow, beautiful photo and love her skirt!

  50. Xana Athens

    August 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I can understand why you are so good in this job!

    • luis echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Xana, I’m afraid there is a misunderstanding. this is my mother, not Scott’s

  51. Sarah

    August 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    fantastic photo, conjures so many emotions and stories. lovely!

  52. LongLashes

    August 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    This look is so Audrey! On the bicycle in ‘Roman Holiday’ anyone getting deja vu? Muy bonita y preciosa Luis! X

  53. anonymous

    August 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    She is beautiful.

  54. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Blog

    August 25, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I love the sunnies and the skirt…really beautiful, classy beauty…

  55. Freya - Fashionable People

    August 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Lovely picture – the full skirts and small waists were so beautiful in the 1950s.

  56. Beatrice

    August 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my favorite vintage! She looks so stylish and feminine!

  57. Blogandthecities

    August 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    So vintage so modern so cool! ( )

  58. CBC

    August 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    wonderful photo…i have photos of my mom is clothing that at that time everyone wore including Diana Vreeland …. now very few americans follow fashion…so in the future when u find vintage photos it wont necessarily reflect fashion of that time

    • Martine

      September 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      That doesn’t make any sense at all. What do you mean that Americans don’t follow fashion? Do you mean that people dress in their own individual style more? That is certainly good. But fashion isn’t made by designers or magazines. Its made by people in the street. So you don’t need to follow it. What most people like to wear at any given time IS the fashion of that time. What Americans like to wear is exactly what is in fashion in America at that time by definition.

  59. carola

    August 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    beautiful mum ! beautiful captur !

    • Luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Thanks Carola,
      Luis Echánove

  60. noel tambour

    August 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    wow!!!! this is what fashion forward was way back in the 50′s…so cool!

  61. Jennifer

    August 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  62. Sevan

    August 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    At the time of this picture, women were much more feminine even when wearing pants, there was always a nice belt, real shoes (no flip flops) and make up !
    A silk scarf worn the way this young lady did is very classy.

  63. Dominika of FASHION PHILOSOPHY

    August 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    such a beautiful photograph!
    and your mother looks really incredible!


    • Luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thanks Dominika. She still looks beautiful at 82 y.o.!

  64. Jana

    August 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Would the owner of this photograph mind if I painted this photograph? I am an Illustrator and have often been commissioned to paint vintage photographs etc. It would be such an honor. My email is [email protected].

  65. Jessica

    August 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    This style of clothing (especially the skirt) wouldn’t be out of place today. Timelessly chic
    Wonderful image.
    The Lovelorn

  66. hadhka

    August 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm

  67. Demzy

    August 25, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Wow… so chic, classy, and fashionable! Love that pre-1960s look!

  68. CultureShockArt

    August 25, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love vintage photo Saturdays! This ensemble is sublime. Lovely photo.

  69. Monsieur Marcel

    August 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The seriousness of her expression also
    makes me wonder about life in Spain
    under Franco’s regime.

  70. Sophie Mhabille

    August 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    So 50′s, new look façon Dior

  71. jojo

    August 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    LOVE her

  72. Patty Smith

    August 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    What a stunningly beautiful woman! She is absolutely gorgeous.
    I could hardly see her outfit, tough it is wonderful. Oh that delicate beauty…

    thank you!

  73. Patty Smith

    August 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    She resembles Christy Turlington, don’t you think??
    A Blazing Beauty!


  74. latrenia bryant

    August 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I absolutely looove vintage photos!

  75. Catalina

    August 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

    A beautiful well dressed woman!

  76. Namrata

    August 26, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This look so Dolce and Gabbana! Very pretty indeed.


  77. Patrick

    August 26, 2012 at 2:30 am

    How very beautiful she is! Was she as good a mother as she was beautiful? I’d love to know more.

    • luis echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 5:50 am

      Patrick, she was and she still is a good mother at the age of 79. Thanks!

  78. Christine, Copenhagen

    August 26, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Beautiful woman, beautiful picture.

  79. Stills

    August 26, 2012 at 4:00 am

  80. Donatella

    August 26, 2012 at 4:01 am

    So chic and graceful!

  81. Randi Krog Belseth

    August 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Very, very pretty!

  82. Pokupky

    August 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

    This is the most beautiful looks I’ve ever seen

  83. Roberto Pires

    August 26, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Absolutely today!!! Fresh and chic. Beautiful mother.

    • luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Roberto!

  84. Susana

    August 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Preciosa! Las gafas y el panuelo le quedan de maravilla! Esta claro que la elegancia y el estilo no tienen fecha de caducidad :) Marbella cuando todavia era un pueblecito maravilloso, estoy segura! ;) Saludos desde Miami!

    She looks absolutely lovely. The headscarf and the glasses give her an elegant look that is timeless, and although the silhouette represents the 50s, it would be something I would wear (and have worn!) nowadays, especially the headscarf!


    • luis echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 5:53 am

      Muchas gracias Susana. Exactamente así es como me lo cuenta mi madre.

    • Carmela Echánove

      September 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Muchas gracias a tantos alagos, me abrumais, nunca pensé que esas fotos llegarian a publcarse fué mi hijo Luis quien lo hizo

  85. Sunflowernbklyn

    August 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I love this — such style! This would totally work right now.

  86. Jane with the noisy terrier

    August 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Ah, I was just in Marbella earlier this month and can attest I did not look nearly as glamorous!

  87. antonis kioupliotis

    August 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    the photo can be published in any fashion magazine…

  88. Johnny

    August 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Love this picture, she has such a great style!

  89. Kd

    August 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm


  90. Holly

    August 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Exquisite. My favorite of the vintage photos.

  91. Jardim Fashion

    August 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    The sunglasses are so actual!
    Love the vintage style photos!

  92. Yas

    August 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Am i the only one baffled by the current-ness of the sunglasses? The whole utfit is to die for, but sunglasses are one of thise things that change incredibly quickly, as far as trends go, but this pair isnso miu miu, this whoke outfit is.

  93. SK

    August 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    How do I submit a vintage photo again? What are the requirements please?

    • The Sartorialist

      August 27, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Hi SK – you can email your vintage photos to [email protected]

  94. antique engagement rings

    August 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    I love the photo… outstanding!

  95. Mary

    August 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Magical! Simply beautiful!

  96. Jokey

    August 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Некоторые модницы и сейчас так одеваются, мне нравится=)

  97. Yolanda

    August 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    ¡qué madre más guapa! =)

    • luis echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Gracias Yolanda!

  98. tracy

    August 27, 2012 at 5:49 am

    she was hot (what else can i say?) am speechless 4 now.

  99. luis echánove

    August 27, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Thanks Scott for publishing my mum’s pic and thanks to everybody for their generous comments. All this make me even more proud and fond of her!

  100. tracy

    August 27, 2012 at 6:10 am

    the picture is perfect,the style is spot on. i heart it.

  101. almudena

    August 27, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Love this style so much! nice pict!

  102. M.N

    August 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

  103. Le mole

    August 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

    So vintage, feminine and timeless!

  104. Katherine

    August 27, 2012 at 8:35 am


  105. Trescic

    August 27, 2012 at 9:17 am

    What a stylish mom! Me, in vintage effect, during the summer of 1956, but I do not declare my age! (

  106. Le Rogue

    August 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This look is a man-killer. The headscarf is essential, and to die for. I do not understand why women are so reluctant to give the headscarf a try. Grace, Audrey, Jackie and Luis’ mother understood their allure. Alas, a lost art.


  107. Almudena Echánove

    August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    She´s my mom, and she is still beautifull now and elegant.

    • carmela Echánove

      September 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Muchas gracias Almudena, me ves con cariño de hija

  108. Carmen Echanove

    August 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    she´s my grandma and y never thought that in those days she would dress like in these days.I think that she changed a lot.The first time I saw this picture when they told me it was her i didn´t believe it.But I still think that she´s very pretty.
    To tell the truth I love clothes,shoes etc…like her.I think she has dressed well even now but maybe a bit better before.

    • Carmela Echánove

      August 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Gracias Carmen, eres mi nieta primogénita y me gusta que me reconozcas como era de joven, solo tenia 23 años un poquito antes de casarme

  109. Kacie

    August 27, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Simple and utterly gorgeous.


  110. greg

    August 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Simple, modern, gorgeous.

  111. Ciça

    August 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Digna!!!!! Perfect!

    São Paulo/ Brasil

  112. Viraginia L

    August 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    J’ adore cette période. It’ s so glamour

  113. luis echánove

    August 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I have been informed by my mother that the print of the skirt she is wearing in the pic, is a design by my father for Gaston & Daniela.

  114. Dora

    August 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    My goodness how gorgeous and stylish.

  115. Sarah

    August 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Her outfit and entire demeanor is so elegant that couldn’t possibly guess her age. She is above age. Pure woman.

  116. Nadine

    August 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Aside from being absolutely lovely & chic, imagining all kinds of wonderful things about her…I finally realized she was reminding me of Kate Nelligan!

  117. Zyra

    August 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I think this is such a valuable picture to still have. This style is definitely coming back! :)

  118. Berta

    August 28, 2012 at 3:28 am

    She looks marvellous in that dress! Exquisite.

    (have you any relation with Joaquin Echánove)


    August 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Tres Beau!

  120. clarity enhanced diamonds

    August 28, 2012 at 7:50 am

    A great photo.. a different time and place!

  121. Leon from Abkhaziya

    August 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Charming photo! It makes a great impression on those who see it among other ones. One can notice a marvellous sense of style of woman on the picture.

  122. Juan Echánove Pastrana

    August 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    la veo mui guapa.tiene un traje muy bonito ¿parece una pelicula antigua?

    ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡PORFAVOR RESPONDED!!!!!!!!

    Comentario de mi nieto Juanito 6 años

  123. Stacey Sweeney

    August 29, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Old will always remain gold and we should trace our origins from the past, in other words we should go back to the 50s and know where we are coming from. I love what l am seeing she looks gorgeous and what she is putting on can also be worn in this century.

  124. Tammara Shelley

    August 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    She looks good. Your mother must have been a beauty queen in her 20s.

    • Luis Echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Thanks, Tammara. She was beautiful and she still is at 82 y.o.!
      Luis Echánove

  125. ClickAmericana

    August 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Wow – she was stunning! And so stylish. Thanks for posting — I love seeing old family photos.

  126. Cara

    September 2, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Simply Perfection!

  127. José Maria Montargil

    September 3, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Luis, fantastica la foto de tu Madre, es una epoca, “Viva Franco Arriba España” que se acaba e empieça la España actual numa foto. No es possible dicir mas. Fantastica

  128. annabella

    September 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

    i wear the head scarf all the time, as your stunningly beautiful mother does in the photo. It was my favorite period of fashion, and yes i love the newe LV …that is all about that beautiful time. How wonderful too that your father is such a talented designer and designed the very fabric your Mother is wearing for the esteemed house, Gaston ey Daniela. Clearly you are all such a stylish and artistically talented and lovely family.

    Best regards to your Mother, Carmela and your family Luis. And thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mother with us. Thanks Scott for posting!

  129. Pilar Cortés

    September 4, 2012 at 11:11 am


  130. Name*

    September 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    She looks perfect for right now…except I don’t see many women so lovely and classically elegant. Wow. Just wow.

  131. kathleen

    December 8, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    This lovely photo captures everything that I find beautiful in fashion and in a woman. She is simply stunning.

  132. Aldo

    February 9, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Posti meravigliosi! Giá da quei tempi …!

  133. Simone Fraser

    October 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    before i saw Scott’s comment I was sighing aloud, ‘How elegant.’ This amy be a casual outfit, however she is elegant and ladylike.

    • Luis echanove

      July 7, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Simone, I’m afraid there is a misunderstanding. this is my mother, not Scott’s
      Luis Echánove

  134. Glamourdaze

    May 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Lovely photo. The beauty of youth captured, never to be repeated.
    I have color slide photos of my own Mum taken that same year in Fatima ! The skirts are almost identical and she wore a headscarf too !

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