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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.


Comments on "Gotta Be Prada, Vintage Photo"


Blogger Brianna! said ... (7:56 AM) : 




Blogger Unknown said ... (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.


Blogger Anita Puksic said ... (8:07 AM) : 

Wow wow woW ! Love this one!

Peace and love!


Anonymous Lisa said ... (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!



Blogger ilovefashion said ... (8:16 AM) : 

Love the photo, your grandma looks cooool!


Blogger Patient x said ... (8:18 AM) : 

i love it. it looks so natural, beautiful!

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Blogger MJCK said ... (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.


Blogger hakkamui said ... (8:35 AM) : 

She is so so so beautiful!


Blogger amalie said ... (8:39 AM) : 

hah, oh gooshh! love this photo: )


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:00 AM) : 

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


Blogger Katarina Kühl ~ PencilFashion said ... (9:00 AM) : 

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


Blogger Alice said ... (9:02 AM) : 

The photo is magic!


Anonymous AppleTree said ... (9:06 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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…


Blogger kolorowa nitka said ... (9:17 AM) : 

great photo :) what a lovely smile :)


Blogger SaraKateSwan said ... (9:42 AM) : 

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


Blogger coco's blog said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Cette photo est vraiment magnifique !


Anonymous Sarah said ... (10:35 AM) : 

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


Blogger Ivy Lane said ... (10:40 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Georgina said ... (10:40 AM) : 

Great picture. Full of life !:D

Love G.,


Anonymous Frida said ... (10:43 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Hayley said ... (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!


Blogger Sissy said ... (10:50 AM) : 

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


Blogger margarita said ... (11:13 AM) : 

that bikini is so adorable !( :


Blogger Kar said ... (11:22 AM) : 



Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (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!


Anonymous Market Publique said ... (11:32 AM) : 

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


Blogger Sarah said ... (11:35 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:48 AM) : 



Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said ... (12:08 PM) : 



Blogger Sophia L said ... (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 :)


Blogger Cotton Socks said ... (12:13 PM) : 

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


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:13 PM) : 

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


Blogger Renee Howell said ... (12:13 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:09 PM) : 

Adore this photograph!


Blogger Julie Anne Rhodes said ... (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).


Blogger Melissa said ... (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


Blogger the style crusader said ... (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


Blogger Sungirl said ... (2:07 PM) : 

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


Blogger Hal E. Liebling said ... (2:18 PM) : 

Her swimsuit is out of this world!


Blogger Kelly said ... (2:26 PM) : 

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

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Blogger Passport Smiles said ... (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


Blogger TrickyMaus said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Super Fanstastic - Timeless, elegant and a bit FUNKY!


Blogger Sarah Dee said ... (3:30 PM) : 

So sweet =)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Blogger Alejandra Mondaca / Séptimo Sentido said ... (5:08 PM) : 

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

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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!!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:56 PM) : 

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


Blogger Unknown said ... (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!


Blogger Debbie Inthavong said ... (8:13 PM) : 

this photo is just perfect.


Blogger Unknown said ... (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!


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:26 PM) : 

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


Blogger Alice said ... (9:33 PM) : 

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



Blogger Fourth Daughter said ... (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?


Blogger Lindsay said ... (11:00 PM) : 

LOVE IT!!! What a great pic :)


Anonymous lisa haskell said ... (11:39 PM) : 

everything about this is so awesome!


Anonymous Ladybird said ... (12:28 AM) : 

It DOES look like Prada!

Love those subtle colours.


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (1:25 AM) : 

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


Blogger butterfly307 said ... (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!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:22 AM) : 

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


Blogger Sonya said ... (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


Blogger Lorraine said ... (2:30 AM) : 

Wow. Hot grandmother. Hot bikini.


Anonymous jas said ... (2:32 AM) : 

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


Blogger Miriam Parkman said ... (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!


Blogger A said ... (2:56 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Maija said ... (4:05 AM) : 

Lovely looking lady & fab bikini!


Blogger Anastasia said ... (4:19 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:25 AM) : 

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


Blogger vicki archer said ... (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


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (5:42 AM) : 

great shot...I love vintage pictures...


Blogger Jeannine 520 said ... (5:50 AM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 AM) : 

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


Blogger Jacqueline said ... (7:10 AM) : 

She really must have been in love!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:01 AM) : 




Blogger Susanna-Cole King said ... (8:10 AM) : 

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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

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


Blogger H said ... (9:35 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:36 AM) : 

HRVATSKA!! CROATIA!! woohooo! ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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


Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (9:43 AM) : 

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


Blogger MacarenaMakuka said ... (10:00 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:25 PM) : 

OMG i love her swimsuit !


Blogger Chloe Daley said ... (2:10 PM) : 

This is simply fantastic. So much spunk!


Anonymous Liv said ... (3:56 PM) : 

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


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:59 PM) : 

love everything about it. just brilliant!


Blogger Unknown said ... (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! ;)


Blogger Tasha said ... (4:25 PM) : 

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


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:42 PM) : 

I love everything about it, especially the adorable awkwardness.


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:09 PM) : 

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


Blogger doingtheunstuck said ... (6:47 PM) : 

too good to be true!


Blogger Lucinda said ... (8:45 PM) : 

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


Blogger Carly & Sophia said ... (9:37 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 PM) : 

Rocking Bod!
killer legs!


Anonymous THE [re]VISIONARY said ... (2:18 AM) : 

That is one phenomenal picture!

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


Blogger Oli said ... (4:09 AM) : 

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


Blogger said ... (5:52 AM) : 

Love the image and what she express in it


Blogger vitasumarte said ... (8:04 AM) : 

Really faboulus!!! :-)))


Blogger D e g a i n e said ... (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


Anonymous Style Odyssey said ... (3:27 PM) : 

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


Blogger Forest City Fashionista said ... (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!


Anonymous Official Movie Trailer said ... (11:08 PM) : 

Wow! Classic.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:53 AM) : 

Very nice. She smiles like Garance! :)


Blogger The AstroCat said ... (6:06 PM) : 

She is stunningly beautiful.
Love the pic :)


Blogger sara said ... (8:46 AM) : 

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


Blogger pinky said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 AM) : 



Anonymous Col Hancox said ... (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


Blogger Unknown said ... (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!


Blogger Beverly said ... (7:35 PM) : 

so amazing!


Blogger cherry arceo said ... (11:37 AM) : 

i love her swimsuit!!!!!


Blogger Just me and my bon genre! said ... (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..

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Anonymous Iryna said ... (8:55 AM) : 

Sincere, alive, beautiful...


Anonymous sarahspy said ... (2:30 PM) : 

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


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 PM) : 

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


Blogger IL GATTO SELVATICO said ... (9:26 PM) : 

This bathing suit is truly amazing!


Blogger Conversely Visible said ... (5:47 AM) : 

The swimsuit is absolutely fantastic!


Blogger ari said ... (2:21 PM) : 

this is an amzing vintage photo, very inspiring :)


Blogger MUS said ... (5:03 PM) : 

love it ;)


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:35 PM) : 

what a photo....


Anonymous Tiffany said ... (6:39 PM) : 

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

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (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..


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (1:55 PM) : 

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


Blogger pootpoot said ... (12:53 AM) : 

The shoes are quite a bold statement.


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