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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Bathing Suit Travel Themed Advertising Illustrations

I was tickled pink the other day when I came across a book with these wonderful travel themed swimwear illustrations.I've decided I'm going back today to rescue this little gem as it was in one of my favorite second hand shops. I am so hopeful it's still there as I'd love to frame some of these for my office.

These quick pics were taken with my camera phone while I was there last so at least I did save something of them. Hopefully the rescue pays off!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Claire McCardell and the Sunbonnet


Doing research this morning I came across an image from Claire McCardell, an all time favorite designer of mine,  which I dont recall seeing before. Caption partially reads" pique bathing suit costume with its inseparable sunbonnet." It makes me happy when I see animage and I know exactly who the designer is. Claire has played with the 'sunbonnet' or scarf/headress treatment throughout her career. 

Here's another from her that sports something similar, this one from 1954. I'll take one of each please!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Katy Keene - Paper Doll Vintage Swimwear Fashion Inspiration

Katy Keene - Comic book heroine who has been compared to Betty Page and ranks in at #57 on the "100 sexiest women in comics." But what intrigues me today are all the fabulous swimwear fashions she has!

Katy launched in 1945 published by Archie Comics.

She certainly has the 'pin-up' style.

Do a google search for images of Katie Keene and you can spend hours deciding what outfit she will wear.

But for me, it's the swimwear! And this is only a sampling of what's available. Oh my, oh my....

Monday, September 29, 2014

1951 Jantzen Swimwear Advertising - Match Mates - Matching Swimsuits

Australian advertisement from Jantzen swimwear 1951, Be Attractive While You're Active. Love that headline. What's 'dramatically different' in 1951? Marina Match-mates, matching swimwear for you and your partner, that's what. NEW from Jantzen.

But wait,

This advertisement from Jantzen touting matching swimwear appeared in 1950, most likely in the US. So either:

A) Matching swimwear style started in the US and then got marketed in Australia, or

B) The rollout launch was a success and they decided to take it worldwide, or

C) The media but was made at different times in different locations, or

D) The seasonality made it more appropriate to launch later.

Who know, but I find these types of details intriguing. Either way, it's safe to say, matching swimwear ensembles began in the very early 1950s.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lorenz Knitting Mills Vintage Black Wool Swimsuit from 1930

Vintage wool bathing suits from the 1920s and 30s are becoming increasingly difficult to come by as time marches on. The effects of time, sunlight, age, and little critters can make a disaster out of wool in no time. That's why it's such a pleasure when I find early pieces with provenance to help support identification and attributes. Case in point, this wonderful Lorenz Knitting Mills men's bathing suit from 1930. Sorry, I don't own a male mannequin as of yet so this wool swimsuit is being modeled on my female mannequin. But what I want to share with you is the piece, the label and the ad.

The ad for this suit is from 1930. It 'supports and protects' at the same time because of the new built in supporter. I've not been successful in finding out much information about the Lorenz Knitting Mills other than they also produced novelty sweaters for women.

We've just listed this piece on Glamoursurf.


Monday, August 25, 2014

The Glory of the Vintage 1930s Beach Pajama

Perhaps one of my favorite summertime outfits are vintage beach pajamas. So comfortable, usually consisting of a one-piece like jumpsuit with wide legs and easy breezy fabrics.This past week we've been looking at beach pajamas and their beginnings from the very late 20s to their popularity in the early 1930s.

Some of these images you may have seen before on our blog, but it certainly can't hurt to share them again. I'm always on the hunt for information relating to them.


 1931 detail - Patou

They really are for fun, play and sports. This advert shows they even can be worn for 'sport' while on vacation at the beach. And Patou always catches my eye!


Lawn Bowling anyone? ACK! Those polka-dots, fabulousness! circa 1935


1930s Lido Girls


They really are figure flattering for many body types. But, as with anything vintage, they are getting harder and harder to come by.

We did just list a pair of vintage beach pajamas by Anteme - Fruit of the Loom over at Glamoursurf.
Let's take a look at a couple of the ads from Fruit of the Loom. Both of these are from the early 30s.

circa 1931

circa 1932

1930s Beach Pajamas

Fabulous fabric too, nice and lightweight cotton batiste. Love it when I can find old artwork and ads that match the labels of vintage fashion we bring you. Hmmm, I may just have to wear a pair of these today.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vintage 1929 Beach Pajamas

Monday we took a look at Jean Patou and his ideas about beach pajamas. In a continuum of the beach pajama theme today we look at more 1930s beach pajama fashions. I just adore the carefree casualness of these sets. So comfortable yet stylish and cool for the ocean breeze.

These are both vintage advertisements from 1929. Remember those days of wide trousers and low cinched back or front, me neither. And wool jersey? I like the wide leg look myself, the sailor collars and the draping. Oh, and those wide brimmed hats, oh lordy be! Stay tuned for more of our beach pajama party this week as we explore beach life of the 1930s.