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A blog with a daily splash of vintage swimwear, vintage fashion, news, designer profiles and all things retro.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

1952 Sun Specs Sunglasses by Claire McCardell





1953 vintage advertisement featuring Claire McCardell sunglasses! Available in Black, white, camel, red, turquoise, yellow and black. That pared down shape to show off your eyebrows and all for only $10.00, that's approx $90.00 in today's dollar. I'll take turquoise please!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Carolyn Schnurer Translates her Gold Coast Memo's into Fashion

Carolyn Schnurer only had a short visit into the fashion industry from 1944 - 1964 during her lifetime. Her career travels took her to many exotic places which in turn were inspiration for her clothing designs. Many of these trips were sponsored by stores such as Peck & Peck with other support coming from the textile design companies that helped to create her work. Dan River, Fuller, Bates, Arthur Beir, and Hollander were among the companies she worked with to develop textiles based on the motifs which filled her travel notebooks.

Here we see 9 different looks inspired by her travels. As always you can click on the images to enlarge. Enjoy!










Monday, July 20, 2015

Carolyn Schnurer Coordinating Designs

Carolyn Schnurer (1908 - 1998) born and raised in NY. She taught art and music before turning to sportswear design in 1940. She taught at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology and was instrumental in changing women's fashions in beachwear and sportswear, designing complete outfits, and adapting the two-piece bathing suit for the United States market. For these innovations her designs appeared in the pages of ''Vogue'', ''Harper's Bazaar'' and ''Life'' magazines, as well as on the covers. The Awards presented to her from Coty, The Cotton Council, International Sportswear, Miami Sportswear, and Boston Sportswear were among other special recognitions for her achievements.

I happened to go to the High Style Exhibit at the San Francisco legion of Honor last week and saw these two pieces from her. The bathing suit is dated 1950 and the dress I believe said 1953. Regardless, they are both stunning and from the same collection. Schnurer had a knack for producing coordinating outfits based on her travel inspirations. Aren't they beautiful?


Schnurer's designs were based on the classic American silhouette at the time while incorporating many of the cultural influences from her travels in either fabrics or construction details.

We will explore more of Carolyn's work later this week.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vintage Catalina Lobster Hand Print Swimsuit by Mary Ann Deweese circa 1949


I came across this old picture from the late 40s of the Last Frontier Hotel Swimming pool recently and upon closer inspection I see the seated glamorous gal on the left is wearing that fabulous Lobster hand-print two piece swimsuit. This is such an iconic suit! It was designed by Mary Ann DeWeese for Catalina in 1949.



I love it when I find actual images that show vintage swimwear and can be supported with appropriate information. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Early South Bend Swimming Pool



Greetings from South Bend, Indiana. Early 1950s postcard depicts a swimming pool at Potawatomi Park. This is of interest to me because I was born in South Bend in this same time frame, yeah, I'm a hoosier. I don't think I've ever been here, will have to ask mom as I would have been far to young to remember. Who would have guessed that there were even postcards from this little town, put's a smile on my face knowing I'm from there!!!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Viva Las Vegas Vintage Swimsuit Competition Winner Edie Edison Takes First Place in a Vintage Swimsuit from Glamoursurf

Images are courtesy of the lovely Edie Edison. Edie (left) purchased a fabulous 1950s Gossard bikini from Glamoursurf last month to take to Viva Las Vegas, but the best part is she won first place in the vintage swimsuit competition! I'm loving how she styled her outfit, oh and that fabulous hairdo!

Isn't she adorable? And the swimsuit fits her perfectly and shows off her assets! I feel like a winner too, thanks Edie! We have some of the best customers around!


I guess there was some angst and confusion about this years contest possibly letting in 'retro styled suits' and a facebook page was created to get everyone rallied around the cause. Glad to hear that it's still only swimwear prior to 1970s. Will you be going next year to VLV19?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Go Caribbean with Catalina's Bermuda Butterfly - Vintage Swimwear 1951

In 1951 Catalina came out with a number of swimsuits with the Caribbean being the inspiration. We've shown you Rhumba Ruffles, so today we'll take a peek at the Bermuda Butterfly one of the most colorful and comfortable suits in the Catalina line. A floppy butterfly at the top of panelled bosom and shirring for extra stretch-ability. This suit cost a mere $9.00 in 1951. LOVE!