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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vintage 1950s Ruffled Catalina Swimsuit

1951 "Rhumba Ruffles" Catalina's inspired interpretation look of the Carribean mood with multi-color ruffles at the bosom of a torso-trim suit of nylon, taffeta and lastex. The tremendously long rebosa wraps luxuriously and is a practical beach companion too.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1951 Bask-ette Sportswear Brassiere by Mamzelle



 1951

At last, a sportswear brassiere for the full figure! Yet the magic of Bask-ette design gives the 'Average look" to both the large and small bosom. so easy to fit, so versatile. Wear it with or without straps at the beach, club, garden party or summer dance. In pre-shrunk and washable fabrics.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Windansea from Catalina Tailored Swimwear 1964

1964 Catalina Advertisement featuring 'Tailored Swimwear'

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vintage Maidenform Bras and Swimsuit circa 1963

This advertisement dates to 1963 and features a Maidenform 'Sweet Music' Bra.

This ad intrigues me for a few reasons. First off, I love the pin-up style pose and the tag line, let alone her outfit consisting of high waist rolled up jeans, and a bandana at her waist. And that hat to go with silver flats.
She's a woman on a mission.

This is the inset diagram on the bottom of the ad. "SWEET MUSIC - with triangle inserts for extra uplift! The special triangle insert in each spoke-stitched cup emphasizes the uplift and gives you all-round firm, shapely support. Embroidered panels 'frame' each cup, defining your figure beautifully! Sweet Music can't cut of bind because the 'comfort band' beneath the cups is contoured and elasticized. No wonder Sweet Music is one of the most popular bras in the world!"


And the fine prints. Did you know that Maidenform made swimwear? I've not been very successful at figuring out when they started manufacturing them, but this ad states swimsuits so I know at least that Maidenform manufactured swimwear in 1963 and possibly before.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Mastery of Claire McCardell

Ahhh, behold the beauty of master Claire McCardell. I never tire of looking at her work. The vintage advertisement from the 1950s features one of her dressmaker swimsuits, butnote the styling of the photo. Her stripes match the background colors of Enka Rayon.  That pose, those sandals, the stack of bracelets! Perfect!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

1964 Cabana Sets and Hip Riders from Jantzen

1964 Jantzen Advertisement, Esquire Magazine

These are all part of the cabana sets, but called hip riders and zipfits by Jantzen. Sportswear for Sportsmen. Check out those hats and note the emblem of Jantzen on the front. The ad features sportsmen from the 1960s including, Terry Baker, Bob Cousy and Frank Gifford.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Surfs Up in California - Surfing Fashions from 1964

These images of handsome surfers and surf fashions are from 1964 and were originally published in Esquire magazine.
The increasing popularity of surfing has encouraged a like trend in surfing fashions. Basic characteristics: loose leg, matched waist and leg band. Upper left, surfer Bill Richardson wears a stretch Jantzen with a warm-up top. Walter Sawyer is shown in burgundy-blue and white- striped cotton ticking shorts, also by Jantzen. Photographed at the Huntington Beach Surf Club, California.

One of the most popular surfing styles is the bold red-and-white cotton print, left, by Catalina worn by Don Shusta. The shirt-shorts set, center is made of featherweight nylon by Catalina. The shirt is a parka style and is worn by Richard Scott. On the right Hap Cole wears a shorter version of the surfer in a grey lastex with white elastic side stripes. It's a stretch hip-rider,, also by Catalina.