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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Not Hiding Behind Her Uniform, Florence

This young lady was one of the cleaning crew at Pitti Uomo.

She wore the same green uniform as all the other young cleaning ladies but, as you can imagine, she was the only one that really stood out in that crowd.

Of course I really don't know anything about her but her stylistic choices for her hair, piercings, etc. give us a good place to start.

Uniforms are, by nature, an attempt to make people conform to a code. I always find it interesting when people are able to play within the set boundaries of a code while still not totally losing their own uniqueness.

Comments on "Not Hiding Behind Her Uniform, Florence"


Anonymous Aussie said ... (1:22 AM) : 

You need to know the rules before you can know how to break them :)


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

Lol! totally agree
great pic!


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

love love love. beautiful.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (1:26 AM) : 

for Aussie,
Who's rules?


Blogger Beverly. said ... (1:31 AM) : 

She is lovely.


Blogger WE SPY WITH MY LITTLE i said ... (1:38 AM) : 

Forget street style - this pic is a portrait and a half! Rankin who??? HA!

Yours Truly



Anonymous Alison said ... (1:41 AM) : 

She's one cool lady. Thankyou for putting a photograph of someone who isn't trying so hard to be a fashion plate. This lady has her own thing happening and she's beautiful all the more for it!


Blogger Angus and Sasha said ... (1:45 AM) : 

Well said!


Blogger BlumeBloom said ... (1:48 AM) : 

I really enjoy this photo. Haven't you done several pictures of uniforms?
I like them all. They are much more telling than many other pictures


Anonymous Family Lawyers Melbourne said ... (1:51 AM) : 

Nice post was enjoying reading that


Blogger Mani said ... (1:53 AM) : 

I love how she can pull it off!


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (2:01 AM) : 

Scott, love the fact that you don't get caught up in all the glamor of the fashion world & notice the interesting everyday people around you.

Sometime we get so rushed that we pass by "masterpieces" every day.

This would make a great photo spread! Put some heels on her & it could be a GREAT shoe ad!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 AM) : 

She is beautiful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 AM) : 

I love this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 AM) : 

She seems to be very proud - that makes the difference I think. I see a proud women not a poor cleaning lady.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 AM) : 

I love this.


Blogger stoneandcloth said ... (2:20 AM) : 

agreed. she's using that prop very well too!



Blogger thwany said ... (2:29 AM) : 

go her!


Anonymous Kazuko said ... (2:29 AM) : 

she is gorgeous! and very photogenic.


Blogger pieces of berlin blog said ... (2:39 AM) : 

she s great!
real people hehe


Blogger Mr. Fletcher said ... (2:44 AM) : 

the thing that makes her stand out is that she's cute and know how to strike a pose. it has nothing to do with how she wears the uniform or her style.

she would have stood out anyway, no matter the context or the way she was dressed.

put her in a high fashion dress and she would still be an interesting subject.


Blogger Lee Oliveira said ... (2:44 AM) : 

You should do more uniforms Scott. Some people wear them really well and some just shouldn't be there wearing them at all. Take the flight attendant for example. You should go out to JFK one day and capture some of those international crews departing. (not arriving...they will look too tired...haha) That airport has a whole world of airlines flying in and out of there. Imagine all the different uniforms you could capture.


Anonymous The Pad said ... (2:51 AM) : 

She makes me think of Bob Dylan's song "What's a Sweetheart Like You Doing In A Place Like This." I continue to be impressed by your knack for finding beauty in all the places people are.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:51 AM) : 

Many many thanks for her ! Her smile, she is so cute !
Sunny Side


Anonymous Middleseason said ... (2:51 AM) : 

It's sad to see that people is often used to wear an uniform without having conscence of it!


Blogger SewObsession said ... (2:57 AM) : 

you would have loved the uniform project

365 days the one dress/uniform but a different look everyday.... i followed it amazing what you can do with a uniform....


Blogger Phil said ... (3:01 AM) : 

very lovely!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:04 AM) : 

The most beautiful example what beautiful means and that money doesn't make the style. I love her legs , her smile , her hair , her attitude .This is beauty and elegance .


Anonymous Tracy said ... (3:09 AM) : 

Reminds me of Carol Burnett but with dreads. That's cool that she can be wearing a smock, holding a mop, have crazy dreads and still look so pretty!


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

Scott you are amazing


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

Stunning, can't help but center on her and everything else is background noise


Blogger Moonlight said ... (3:10 AM) : 

she definitely has attitude.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 AM) : 

Thanks Scott all too often the cleaners cooks etc are regarded as 'non people' fab that you took time to notice and acknowledge. It reminds me of my first trip to Paris many years ago where I saw a security guard in the Louvre who by virtue his presentation , especially his jauntily tilted cap,upstaged most of the art!!


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:22 AM) : 

nice picture, loved it. ha ha


Blogger RUE DU PLAISIR said ... (3:31 AM) : 



Blogger STREETFSN said ... (3:31 AM) : 

wow. so great!


Anonymous Dustyflint said ... (3:37 AM) : 

Very nice - thank you for this wonderful photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 AM) : 

She is exuding cool and confidence and her dreads are amazing.. She would look good even in a sack with that hair and the lovely attitude...


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (3:43 AM) : 

amazing photos ... great style ...
I like the people at work
this girl I photographed the Picts I also
like to be on your own frequency


Blogger rosinha said ... (3:57 AM) : 

Yes, it's true...


Anonymous KatyE said ... (4:02 AM) : 

I´ve always believed that Style is the relationship between ones mind and soul. This picture is the perfect example of that. This girl has style! It´s not always about the DRESS! Thank you for your brilliance of seeing this and sharing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 AM) : 

yet she's hiding behind the broom. lol


Anonymous Designer Wholesale said ... (4:26 AM) : 

Just shows you don't always need designer brands and fashion to look hot. I would say many men prefer the real look compared to catwalk models!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 AM) : 

i adore her hair!!!


Anonymous Anne said ... (4:35 AM) : 

Great Picture and well spotted!
Thank you Scott!



Blogger SabinePsynopsis said ... (4:39 AM) : 

So lovely. I read that turquoise is considered to be a very positive, optimistic colour and she definitely brings out the best of it (with the help of her own styling choices). And you including the green of the broom stick - just genius, Scott!


Blogger MJCK said ... (4:39 AM) : 

She has a really nice expression, she must be a very nice girl. I love her hair, I never had the courage to do that...;)


Blogger San said ... (4:42 AM) : 

Haha, a picture of cleaning lady with style in a style blog. A thing that only you could come up with. It makes me like you and your attitude and your blog even more. Well done.

She's definitely special.


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (4:45 AM) : 

I totally agree with you, great pic!


Blogger anma said ... (4:53 AM) : 

I love her hair, dreadlocks look so good :) It's always nice to see dreadlocks in blogs because it happens so seldom.

-A girl with dreadlocks-


Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said ... (4:57 AM) : 

Fantastic photo.

Last night I was with a group of expat friends and we were talking about how the AMA (sanitation workers) ladies are so chic.

One friend used to ask her local lady for make up tips.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:17 AM) : 

One of the most beautiful photos you have put up in recent times. She comes right off the screen with her innocence and her life is almost there for you to touch but you'll never be able to. This picture captures so much, when you realise where it was taken it means even more.


Blogger Diana said ... (5:32 AM) : 

This IS the Sartorialist, I love!


Blogger Nicoletta said ... (5:41 AM) : 

Yep, she's fantastic.
And she reminds me of a friend of mine, who is REAL punk and has to wear an uniform too. He still keeps his hairstyle and his piercings on, 'cos they're symbols of his attitude.
and ATTITUDE IS LINKED WITH OUR SOUL,to me, so he keeps being himself. and that's great, isn't it?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:41 AM) : 

Thank you Scott my mom always told me don’t judge people from their uniform no matters if they are cleaners or garbage collector, respect them and be always be kind ....


Anonymous  said ... (5:43 AM) : 

I 've always believed that inner beauty makes the whole look perfect. Even the most beautiful woman in the world lacks something if her face doesn't reflect her inner side. This photo expresses my opinion. The lady's eyes express gratidute and happiness. Her face trasforms her uniform into a dress and the background into a scenery.She is real, adorable. Thank you Scott for this amazing moment of life!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:46 AM) : 

Very touching photo ... continues in this way!

Caro - blogueuse from Geneva


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:55 AM) : 

WOW! you're spoiling me...just when i mention the Sart's too bourgeois and BAM...

She is incredible, an excellent lesson in the inner energy and vitality of the individual adding to the overall effect...very inspiring


Clym (T-Shirts & Illustrations as seen at Esquire online)


Blogger Tipsformywardrobe said ... (6:04 AM) : 

She is shinning!


Blogger LE CALZATURE said ... (6:04 AM) : 

Its a authentic scene.


Anonymous Rachel said ... (6:10 AM) : 



Blogger Alejandro said ... (6:12 AM) : 

sometimes it is necessary to stand out from others. That's a very cool way of doing it. Lobely. I can't stop looking at it.


Anonymous ana said ... (6:22 AM) : 



Anonymous Dawn said ... (6:34 AM) : 

I love this picture, thanks for posting it!


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:42 AM) : 

She look very fashionable in her uniform...
.....the diary of a fashion stylist.....


Blogger heloisa andrade said ... (7:12 AM) : 



Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (7:22 AM) : 

As someone who grew up wearing a uniform to school, I know this human penchant for individualism in the face of sameness all too well.


Anonymous Martin said ... (7:31 AM) : 

Fashion is putting on a uniform with the illusion of being different.

Fashion is conformity claming it is unique.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:44 AM) : 

well, it was either the fashionable shade of turquoise of the uniform or it was the person and themselves that stood out.
so its true that clothes do not maketh the man or woman, becuase it is something else that attracts us.


Blogger Love Food said ... (7:51 AM) : 

What a coincidence, I was just talking to somebody yesterday about uniforms and how they make people lose their identity, but she has clearly found a way around this and looks highly individual.
Great post!


Anonymous Tiffany said ... (7:59 AM) : 

Very original picture. I was lucky to listen you talking in Barcelona, in Santa Eulalia, and this is another example of your unique point of view.


Blogger Eugenio said ... (8:00 AM) : 

This is a real life lady that knows how to be cool without labels.

Well done!


Blogger Miss Pam From T-Town said ... (8:02 AM) : 

This is an important photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:08 AM) : 

She's breathtaking.


Blogger Ana Cristina said ... (8:11 AM) : 

I love your blog.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 AM) : 

She probably just dresses like a stoner when she's not at work, I guess that could be interpreted as a style.


Anonymous sanmiguelense said ... (8:14 AM) : 

What is implicit in this image is the non-uniformity of the uniform. Anna dello and all the fashion world people are much more strait jacketed into their ridiculous almost clown-like fashion editor uniforms than this young woman. Dreads or no.
The dreads themselves are a rebellion against uniformity...


Blogger Salsa said ... (8:26 AM) : 

She wears it well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:36 AM) : 

Carmen with dimples


Blogger reindeer said ... (8:38 AM) : 

I adore this photo and this lady. She is so vivid within a uniform. Her uniform harmonize with her character. I think uniforms make us confortable enough to concentrate our expression of uniqueness other than clothing.

This picture makes me happy!


Blogger brightlightsbigcity said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Interesting... I like her


Blogger said ... (9:20 AM) : 

Loving the colours! pefect summer look!


Blogger clarapeix said ... (9:25 AM) : 

and Italians love uniforms!!

the girl is beautiful.. maybe this unexpected publicity on your famous blog will change her life.. why not? anyone interested to put her on the catwalk?


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:36 AM) : 

love her. definitely an interesting shot of someone who transcends couture, uniforms, trends and runways.

in her stilettos


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

Love her smile!


Blogger CLAUDIA C. said ... (9:48 AM) : 

I really love this picture because show me that you don't need to be always glamour to be beautiful...


Blogger MariaTru said ... (9:50 AM) : 

There is nothing wrong with being a cleaning person in the first place. But she totaly rock that blue-green uniform!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:02 AM) : 

I'm in love, she's so pretty i can not believe it!


Anonymous Ana said ... (10:20 AM) : 

she's so pretty. and so natural

I like her smile and funny hair :)


Blogger Sean said ... (10:31 AM) : 

Ah no - the reason that she 'stood out in that crowd' is surely because she's absolutely beautiful.

But yes, I can see that she posesses those quantities of elegance and exhuberance that are so rarefied.

Am in Florence in a few weeks and I hope I bump into her!


Blogger mariel said ... (10:57 AM) : 

it's the grin!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:02 AM) : 


Three questions:
1) Is she happy to be wearing her uniform, and to be working a job that imposes a visible identity on her?
2) If she smiles in her uniform, does that make it okay for us to appreciate (from our privileged perspective) the contrast between how she is forced to look at work and how she wishes she could look?
3) Would you have shot this girl in her full street clothes?

Food for thought.


Anonymous Leslie said ... (11:05 AM) : 

I just love your blog, having recently come upon it. It gives me license to be who I want to be and not adhere by strict uniform guidelines. I love to top off whatever I'm wearing with something that gives others pause. Just when they thought they knew me....ha!


Blogger ihanuudet by fleure said ... (11:07 AM) : 

I really agree with you.The best style comes from the inside...sometimes it really dosen´t matter what you wear,it means how you carry it.And anyway retro is back,so this uniform,looks good too.


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

love this


Blogger 82Brute said ... (11:20 AM) : 

One of the best things about really good photos is that, along with their other artistic virtues, they reveal the soul of the photographer. When these subjects are looking into the camera, they always have warmth and trust in their eyes. This speaks legions about our photographer and, as much as anything, it is what brings me back to this blog time and time again.


Blogger Mcmaris said ... (11:36 AM) : 

I totally agree. I used to work for Dior and had to wear the same black uniform attire everyday, i have very eclectic style so i could not handle not adding my own flair.
Good for this girl!!!! She looks adorable.


Blogger Directorial said ... (11:39 AM) : 

Making Mario Batali's Orange new again.


Blogger Ayasha Guerin said ... (11:57 AM) : 

I love what you said about Uniforms. It reminds me of the work i'm doing with Eliza Starbuck (designer of the Uniform Project dress). It's beautiful to see how everyone treats the uniform dress as a canvas:


Blogger the nickel fit said ... (12:02 PM) : 

wow garbage chic, literally.

this is what fashion is to me, looking good during utility, as opposed to looking good just for the sake of it. great smile as well.


Blogger joshylola said ... (12:14 PM) : 

PRetty young girl


Anonymous Patricia said ... (12:14 PM) : 

Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!

She looks great, and has tons of personality even in her hidden smile!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

This is very refreshing and puts true style back into perspective!

Just came across another blog too that i think people will enjoy


Blogger Srta Bradshaw. said ... (12:31 PM) : 

thousand hundred women in thee world every day dress up like this woman, and always will have a smile on her face when they come back home with her kids....
They are fashion, too. Buto in a real, non material world


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 PM) : 

A better look would mean a better job.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:55 PM) : 

she's so cute :)


Blogger Bell said ... (1:16 PM) : 

Me encanta esta bella damisela, es preciosa y con mucha personalidad.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 PM) : 

agreed. I remember how some of the cooler kids in Boy Scouts could pull that off.


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

Seems fun and laid-back!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:26 PM) : 

I find it interesting that uniforms are meant to be background to whatever is happening, so that cleaning, cooking, whatever the establishment doesn't want to be seen, is hidden. But she manages to transgress this by her funky attitude and her great hair. Uniforms are by their nature, defacing.


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (1:51 PM) : 

love that u brought the uniform topic up...have u heard about the uniform project? its about a girl in NYC who wore one dress for a whole year and styled it differently everyday to make a point in sustainability and fashion. and this exercise was done to also raise money for education of underprivileged children in India...i love the concept and she recently finished her 365 days in that dress... i ofcourse donated to her cause.. check it out


Blogger Duchesse said ... (1:57 PM) : 

It's easy to catch the eye when one wears oh-so-deliberate eccentricity or stunning opulence, but this woman in everyday attire, her spirit shining forth is also and every bit as beautiful.


Anonymous JJ Scholl said ... (1:57 PM) : 

what a refreshingly unique glimpse into the role of uniform & fashion


Blogger kara lynn said ... (2:04 PM) : 

i love this idea. people in uniforms really tries to unify them. but it makes it fun looking for the individual who really stands out among that crowd.


Anonymous Fritz said ... (2:04 PM) : 

To Anon(8:14 AM):



Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (2:21 PM) : 

"I always find it interesting when people are able to play within the set boundaries of a code while still not totally losing their own uniqueness"

Amen to that! I also love how this shot is such a great example of an "attitude shot". This young lady is a very inspiring young lady, I must say! Thanks for spotting her and sharing with us.


Blogger MEO said ... (2:45 PM) : 

Bella! I photographed too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:51 PM) : 

lovely, great picture!


Blogger ann. said ... (2:51 PM) : 

she's fabulous


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:09 PM) : 

i work at a lab and have to wear a disposable lab coat, and what i do is fold the lapels out and roll up the sleeves. i never get bothered about it. be yourself or don't bother living!


Anonymous renata Molho said ... (3:16 PM) : 

Bravo Scott your sight is so sharp and clever!
She's so beautiful, full of charme and authentic energy ....and, playing the fashion game, with her light green uniform she could be the feminine version of the last Prada show love renata


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

what a beautiful face. I love it.


Anonymous Sarah said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Fantastic photo, I love how her uniform and broom pop against the beige background, top it off with her great hair and head scarf and you have a truly astonishing photograph.

I have to admit that I also love her pose, a great portrait is when you feel as though you've learned something about the person displayed, and I feel as though you've really accomplished that in this photograph.


Blogger Rachel H-G said ... (4:20 PM) : 

I agree with Sarah above. The picture seems to tell you so much about the girl.
She has great visual charisma.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 PM) : 

Aaaahh Scott, this is why I love you.


Blogger Regiane said ... (4:31 PM) : 

Scott, you are always surprising me (in a very good way!!!), I really love this blog each time more and more!
The color of this uniform itself is already something we might find interesting for a start and the lady, she is definitely lovely and seems to be someone very smart! I just keep on trying to picture her without this dreadlocked hair... I am quite sure she wud look even greater!!!
Lovely pic!


Anonymous Joyce said ... (4:35 PM) : 

Just when I was getting a teeny bit bored . . . and thinking this blog was TOO bourgeois . . . and 'well it's easy for the Giovanna's of this world to look great' you surprise us with this great image . . . terrific to celebrate someone who who isn't afraid of hard work !!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:39 PM) : 

It's inspiring to witness creativity and personality overtaking the monotony of a uniform.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Cinderella 2010... amazing...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:10 PM) : 

This is the perfect distinction of style vs. fashion. And this distinction is one I wish we could see more of.


Blogger Carmen said ... (5:25 PM) : 

She is really beautiful ,
really like a cinderella ..


Blogger mnlop said ... (5:28 PM) : 

I love to see the unsung people behind the shows. Great shot, great work bringing her into the spotlight!


Blogger polarité said ... (5:39 PM) : 



Anonymous man said ... (6:23 PM) : 

i was at Pitti as exhibitor and she was the cleaner of my area.. she was nice, kind and totally in another world, i mean.. in a better one.
I'm happy for her and for all the wannabe trying to catch Scott's attention.
good one, I'm still waiting for the shot of Donata "do not eat all the ice cream" that was a really funny moment.


Blogger Fashion Addict Files said ... (6:23 PM) : 

I love the fact that you can see the style and individuality of this woman who has to wear a uniform for her job. I appreciate her streak of rebellion!


Blogger Lou said ... (6:43 PM) : 

She actually reminds me - apart from the hair - of Garance. No wonder she caught your eye. 'Would look marvelous in a bin liner' applies.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 PM) : 

Simply charming....


Blogger Her Castle Girls said ... (7:04 PM) : 

Just goes to show you can be original even when you're wearing a uniform. Lovely post!


Anonymous Yellow Penguin said ... (7:38 PM) : 

Great shot!


Anonymous tupsy said ... (8:25 PM) : 



Blogger nemee said ... (8:49 PM) : 

this is really cool , hey hair is gorgeous and she looks so beautiful and unique despite the fact that she's wearing a uniform .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 PM) : 

It's wonderful how you capture style from all walks of life!


Anonymous Marta said ... (9:19 PM) : 

I totally love her look! She is rocking this uniform!!

Check your credit


Blogger the Citizen Rosebud said ... (9:31 PM) : 

GREAT portrait. She totally looks interesting.


Blogger Cookie Cutter said ... (9:50 PM) : 

Nice! And so well said!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:03 PM) : 

does this leg look familiar?

think you have a picture of him from a year or two ago (silk shorts).


Anonymous Julie F. said ... (10:28 PM) : 

She's beautiful...


Blogger rhapsody said ... (11:37 PM) : 

I agree with 'The Photodiarist'! In my high school, we had uniforms and everyone managed to make their statement, be it with the WAY you wore it, your jewelry, hairstyle...
Another interesting point is people who dress within the 'boundaries of a code' for religeous reasons - yet they manage to be individualistic as well, with colors, patterns, and attention to detail.
Great stuff!


Anonymous Blaise said ... (12:05 AM) : 

She wears the uniform, not the other way around!


Anonymous Christine said ... (12:42 AM) : 

I was very pleasantly surprised finding this lady on your blog today! Great work.


Anonymous katkas said ... (12:58 AM) : 

this is my favorite post from you ever! love love love


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:22 AM) : 

For aussie :

We'd rather talk about rules we need to break to make good fashion than rules we need to follow no ? Fashion needs to evolve, that's why we need to investigate more in order to produce good fashion and not to be turning around and always come back to "good old fashion". Rules need to be learned to be broken no ?


Blogger Rich Tu said ... (3:12 AM) : 

she reminds me of Lisa Bonet


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 AM) : 

Beautiful photo, beautiful woman. As someone mentioned earlier, many people either overlook workers in service jobs or see them as office fixtures, not as human beings. (Unfortunately, that attitude often infects their behavior toward workers as well.) Thanks for SEEING this woman, creating art with her, and putting her photo right alongside those of the bourgie (and, honestly, boring) women of Milano below.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 AM) : 

And God gave us The Sartorialist ... Thanks for putting intelligence in the world of blogs.

Kissies from Spain!


Anonymous said ... (5:27 AM) : 

Nice of you to post this image on your blog. Let's not forget that we are all people and that even in uniforms we can shine great positive light!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:54 AM) : 

Super cool! I am inspired.


Blogger Liz S said ... (7:56 AM) : 

Great dreads.
Yes, unifroms are great for showing the someone's style in a subtle way--it sort of gives hints but leaves an air of mystery there as well.
I love it here in Australia how with some of the more relaxed public schools the kids have to wear a uniform but are still able to show some of their own style and character. So you can get interesting juxtapositions such as dreads or a vintage tooled leather belt with formal grey trousers and a crisp white shirt. Usually as long as things are in school colours it's deemed ok.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:07 AM) : 

One of your best shots, ever.
It is easy to shoot cool people from the fashion world, but it is very difficult to catch an image like this one where style grows out of a person with an ordinary job.


Anonymous Bori said ... (8:53 AM) : 


I've been reading your blog for a while and I am truly a fan of your work but I just can not agree this time. Of course it is about taste and finding someone "stylish" is a subjective manner, but I do not see how is this outfit "playing with the boundaries of a code".
She is beautiful in the sense that every person is beautiful in his or her individuality but it is just a uniform and she didn't add anything to it. It's a photo of a girl looking sweet in uniform but not a person playfully altering her clothes.

Just trying to understand here, no offense :)



Blogger RHW said ... (8:54 AM) : 

Love her dimple...great shot.


Anonymous Agoo Manansala said ... (9:47 AM) : 

shows her personality even in uniform, not everyone can do that! BEAUTIFUL!


Anonymous Gigi said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Hello Scott!

First of all,sorry for my english, i'm french. I love this post! it's so meaningful to me. I'm an illustrator (not my livelihood) and...a nurse (yes! full time)so i understand exactly what you said! everyday i look for "a little inspiration" to keep my own style or uniqueness and- damn!- it's not easy to do! Especially at the hospital where the rules are so specific and many!
Thanks for this post!


Blogger Caroline said ... (11:44 AM) : 

redefining the definition of style. excellent.


Blogger TheHypeAround... said ... (1:29 PM) : 

Cinderella perhaps? Waiting to go to the ball dispalying her dreadlocked tresses while wearing a chicer Armani version of cleaning lady couture .
Wonderful photograph.


Anonymous Donata said ... (1:53 PM) : 

hi Scott!
i know that girl, she was in front of my stand!! she's so natural and self confident and always sleepy like me!!!!
how are you?
i hoped to see you in Milan!
Donata eats icecream!!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

"power of attitude"


Blogger Katie said ... (3:33 PM) : 

I have read this blog for a long time and never needed to comment, but as a person who worked in a uniform for years, I just have to say that it can be so easy to not even try when you know you can't control your own wardrobe. I always tried to find ways to be unique, but never did it as well as her. Great photo and intriguing girl.


Blogger Oscar Devonian said ... (3:56 PM) : 

Good lord she's gorgeous. I love women in uniform!


Anonymous Lydia said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Love this so much I had to repost it, hope that's ok.
Much love, Lydia


Blogger youniform said ... (6:20 PM) : 

u said something about UNIFORM..and something pretty similar to what I wrote in my blog... thanks... u let me feel I am not the only thinking it in a certain way.



Blogger mnlop said ... (6:28 PM) : 

Speaking of uniforms, I am one of those people who dreads getting dressed in the morning if I've already worn the only two or three outfits that I actually like for the week. I would love to have a uniform that I could wear pretty much every day, with only minor variations here and there. Why is it so hard to find more than a few things that I like to wear? I am an artist, so I suppose I could get away with wearing the same thing almost every day and chalk it up to quirkiness. Or poverty. Or both! :)


Blogger Susan said ... (8:05 PM) : 

Agree, it takes style to make a uniform look unique!


Anonymous diva inside said ... (12:25 AM) : 

The highlight of my day is seeing how people live their lives - often expressed through their outer layer 'clothes' and this represents an inner vision of themselves. I adore that this beautiful gem is HERSELF. x Thank you so much Scott - you brighten my world!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:19 AM) : 

The only comment that made sense
Indeed fashion is one of the most conforming things out there, bottomless pit of despair for those involved.


Blogger emily n. said ... (3:42 AM) : 

uniforms can never hide the uniqueness of a person..
beautiful person and photo!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:59 AM) : 

Good job, Sart! You're MY MAN!


Blogger Isabella said ... (7:30 AM) : 

well, yeah, the uniform is ugly, but just from this photograph, you can tell that she'd be a cool individual. i feel like she's really awesome and fun to hang out with. amazing what you can learn from a person from just one photograph, eh?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:37 AM) : 

Scott can I suggest that an equally apt title for this pic as 'Not hiding behind her uniform'might be seeing behind her uniform. The relationship between the photographer and the subject here is truly dialectical ( in philosophical terms.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

She´s gorgeous. I would love to see a photo of her in her street clothes.


Blogger Diane P. said ... (9:18 AM) : 

she looks like a super hip and styling person. Would love to see how her 'day off' style as well! Love the photo too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

This is so silly. if this picture hadn't been posted here, I'm sure none of you would have given this woman a second look in real life. Stop the madness and be honest.


Anonymous Isabel said ... (4:46 PM) : 

No matter what job you have, be proud of it. It doesn't define who you are...

She's beautiful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:05 PM) : 

Wow what a fantastic shot ... absolutely fabulous ... only Scott could have done a shot like this ...anyone else looking at her would think, yeah well ordinary looking girl in a shapeless unflattering dress the color of hospital scrubs ... only someone with Scott's vision would take a shot like this ... and have the courage to post this on a fashion blog seen around the world ... bravo ... more like this please ... continue to dazzle us ... I'm breathless ... with anticipation ... have to sit down now!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 AM) : 

"A violet among the mossy stone". Thanks for discovering and sharing her.


Blogger Sophitia.Kaze said ... (10:41 AM) : 

When someone is Unique, that transcends clothing.

She's rocking the uniform!!


Anonymous FvaD. said ... (2:08 AM) : 

I can't put the right words to describe how I love this shoot and how I am amazed by the fact that style to you is not about the label the cloth hold or the price's all about the personalities ..



Blogger Candice Soldatelli said ... (7:29 AM) : 

Fantastic shot! This is why this blog is so important in our time: uniqueness among the crowd. Beautiful! It has made my day better somehow.


Anonymous Naomi said ... (10:31 AM) : 

It's surprising to hear you say that - usually your subjects fit into a cookie cutter uniform of models in designer clothes.


Anonymous Aneta Markovna said ... (8:21 PM) : 

She looks beautiful!


Blogger Jane See said ... (7:38 AM) : 

It's an inspiring picture, one wonders what is felt when made to wear a uniform like that...The beauty is that she sees, we see, beyond just the uniform and into the personality of the one wearing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:29 PM) : 

Pride never goes out of fashion.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:03 PM) : 

Beauty is all around, if we just look for it!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 PM) : 

Thank you for taking this pic. It shows us style and beauty come from within, and those rich trendwhores often look kinda desperate!


Anonymous ivy lee said ... (3:34 AM) : 

Finally some stylish working class non-snobbery, bravo!


Blogger Claudia said ... (9:07 AM) : 

Thank you for showing a normal/every-day/not filthy rich sort of person. It's nice to day dream with those types of people, but those of us in the "real" and "blah" world do appreciate it when you take notice ;)
Thanks again!


Anonymous Megan said ... (1:44 PM) : 

I love the uniqueness that one can put into a uniform look intended to make you blend in. Rather than making you blend in, when you add your own style, like this lady did, you become what I would call an average everyday icon of this day and age.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:55 PM) : 

luv this pic =)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:38 PM) : 

Absolutely terrific!!!


Blogger Malka Sabroe-JoHanson said ... (10:10 PM) : 

She is gorgeous.


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