This Day’s Notable Aesthetic

For those who love vintage and unpretentious style, the famed Sartorialist is running a competition of late that captures the essence of both. Someone once said, “You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” What has always captivated me about photography is snatching one stopped moment in time out of many. Like life itself, it is ephemeral and cannot be duplicated or repeated which is why our gaze never tires of lingering lovingly and longingly over what can be no more.

This image, a family portrait, profiles Theresa Moreira Reis, born in 1903 in Brazil. You needn’t have known her to see that she exuded style, grace, and bearing; an air of mystery caressing her face as she peers out from under her cloche hat. The photograph taken in 1929 was submitted by Paula who called it a homage to her Grandma Theresa who lovingly spoke of her granddaughter as “the greatest happiness in the winter of her life.”

This brief description accompanied the photo:


When I saw the pictures of my graceful compatriot on your site, I felt the urge to send some of my most cherished family photos too, those of my paternal grandmother Theresa Moreira Reis. She was born in 1903 in Recife, Northern Brazil, daughter to the city’s most sought-after tailor. Politicians and other affluent people were part of his clientele, and her father’s work influenced her sense of style throughout her life. Grandma Theresa was congenitally chic, and unpretentiously glamorous before fashion was in fashion. Her European taste in dressing must have made her stand out there and then.





~ by eaesthete on 04/06/10.

One Response to “This Day’s Notable Aesthetic”

  1. unpretentious glamour… what a concept!!! so rare today… This photograph is pure nostalgia to me.

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