Preppy Style – Tina Barney’s Photography

The photographs of Tina Barney capture those banal moments when Mummy dressed daughters in loud matching dresses. Photography may shift, currently experiencing mainstream visibility thanks to social media, but Barney’s candids is an established stye that is all her own and always relevant.

Tina Barney’s “The Daughters” captures that before-the-event moment with family.

We accompany Barney as she captures the East Coast’s privileged in moments so ordinary they are the closest depiction to real without reading a diary. There are cranky teens, wives with cocktails, and decor with a penchant for brash patterns and a hoarder’s worth of oil paintings, books, keepsake boxes and needlepoint pillows.

“Jill and Polly in the Bathroom.”

Tina Barney by Peter Galassi is a curated tome of her 43 year career as a chronicler of elite American life. She writes a thoughtful introduction of her childhood in the 50s, which brought on her interest in photography when her grandfather “had at least two kinds of cameras hanging around his neck, and they bounced off his fat tummy when he laughed.” Decades come to an end but Barney’s images define each WASPy period.

Long before Ian and Shep introduced milllennials to Nantucket reds, there will always be sailing, duck boots and smuggling grandad’s gin in the basement to make Southsides. Here, shop the slightly updated prep look.


Tina Barney, Rizzoli New York

Capturing Prep Style

  1. Matthew Williamson dress 2. Bikini top 3. Scalamandre fabric 4. Jack Rogers sandal  5. RYE Resort bikini 6. Eberjey bikini bottom 7. Cosa Bella robe 8. Patchwork blanket 9. Rulon Reed dress 10. Printed cotton dress 11. Pillow 12. Skirt



















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  9. Helena Warburg says:

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