Marie Claire & The 75-Year-Old Bhutanese Model

Marie Claire's December issue has a chunky knit story called A Stitch In Time. The photoshoot took place in a house in Bhutan, and the owner of the dwelling — 75-year-old Ap Sangay — makes what one can assume is his modeling debut. Marie Claire prints a little information about Sangay: His priorities are "praying and caring for his grandchildren" and he says of the photo shoot, "It's the first time in my life I've seen Western people. I'm shocked by their fashions!" He would also probably be shocked to know how much the stuff he's wearing costs... See a few shots from the story and Sangay's debut, after the jump.


The MaxMara dress is "price upon request."
Also priceless: Her dreamy, wistful expression.

This ensemble is $4,458.
Scarf, $2150, Giles; vest, $129, Nautica; dress, $208, Lily McNeal; top, $289, Inhabit; shorts, $250, Ports 1961 by Tia Cibani; boots, $1323, Sartore.


Hat, $395, Patricia Underwood for Ralph Lauren Collection. (The per capita income in Bhutan is around $1400 — which means that the average person makes around $116 a month.)


Scarf, $110, Twinkle by Wenlan.

This is from Wikipedia: In a response to accusations in 1987 by a journalist from UK's Financial Times that the pace of development in Bhutan was slow, the King of Bhutan said that "Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product."

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