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Monday, July 7, 2014

Swimwear Not to Swim In - Adriana Degreas

Adriana Degreas 2015 SS Swimwear

Adriana Degreas says that her swimwear is not made to get wet. And her Summer 2015 collection comes to reiterate this idea with a beautiful and very sexy beachwear for powerful women, who do not go to any beach. The pieces abuse of transparencies and unusual indentations that resemble lingerie, without losing the sophistication of the brand. The highlight is the parts with lycra laser-cut applied in tulle with a lace effect created from the pattern of swans -- the main print of the brand this season.

What do you think of the line?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Early 1920s Jantzen Bathing Suit Label Identification

I find this Jantzen label so intriguing. This is the latest label to hit our vintage swimwear label reference on Glamoursurf. Jantzen is a favorite brand of mine and I did a double take when I saw this label. It dates between 1921-1922. Jantzen established itself in Portland, Oregon in 1916. The iconic diving girl was added to swimwear in 1923, and is missing from this label. Although it does have a patent date, that does not mean the suit dates to 1921 (but pretty close). Jantzen applied the patent verbiage to many early suits, but the classic 'diving girl' image is missing from this label.

 According to the Jantzen wiki 'from 1921 we discontinued the use of the name bathing suits and used swimming suits in all our copy. Since then many manufacturers throughout the world have advertised swimming suits in place of bathing suits.' Note the Jantzen label still does not have the classic diving girl image.

 1922 Janzten Label

Intriguing right?

Friday, June 13, 2014

1952 Window Displays by Joset Walker - Rompers, Sunsuits & Dresses

For you historical fans, here are a couple of Lord and Taylor Window display photographs of 1952 fashions by Joset Walker. You all know by know my love of her designs, right? She's a classmate of Claire McCardell, another favorite of mine. And how appropriate is this window dress display for Fathers day?

These are photographs from New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive 1932-1938. I'm not sure why the collection is titled in the 30s when the pictures are stating 1950s. I've attempted contacting the historian of the site to clarify but have yet to receive an answer. Certainly the swimwear designs are not 1950s, perhaps Joset was recreating another time period.

And just so you know just what this fabulous designer looked like back in the day. She's so pretty!


Happy Fathers Day to all my readers! xo

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Recently listed Vintage Swimsuits, Leotards and Bikini Separates at Glamoursurf

Just listed at now available over at Glamousurf!

glamoursurf recently listed

Vintage 60s 70s Black Danskin Wrap Around Waist
Leotard Bodysuit size M


60s 70s Black Danskin Wrap Around Waist Leotard Bodysuit
size M

Fabulous black Danskin wrap waist
leotard, size M. Such a fun piece. Vintage Danskin leotard
has a self fabric belt which threads through a hole at one
side and wraps at waist creating a surplice style bust, high
waist bottoms. Elaticized leg openings and waist. 100%
Vintage 80s Mainstream Floral and Animal Print
Skirted Swimsuit Vintage

80s Mainstream Floral and Animal Print Skirted

Lovely vintage 80s Mainstream one piece
skirted swimsuit, size 10. Floral and animal print fabric in
shades of turquoie, lavendar, black and blues. High cut
elasticized leg openings, black gathered fabric at waist,
soft bra cup lining with elastic under bust, gusset is also
Vintage 80s LaBlanca Turquoise and Black Spotted
Swimsuit Vintage

80s LaBlanca Turquoise and Black Spotted Swimsuit

Vintage 80s LaBlanca one piece
turquopise and black swimsuit, size 14. Swimsuit has high
cut elasticized leg openening, surplice style bust and a
gathered black self fabric belt. Soft inner bra cups with
elastic band under bust, gusset is lined.
Black Carmen Marc Valvo Shirred Swimsuit Top


Carmen Marc Valvo Shirred Swimsuit Top

Carmen Marc Valvo Swim Top tankini, size
6. Black swimsuit top has shirred sides, front and back.
Soft cups at bust. Fully lined. Made in USA. 89% Nylon, 11%
Lycra, fabric has 4 way stretch. Swimsuit top is in
excellent condition.
New Trina Turk Halter Neck Swimsuit Top New

Trina Turk Halter Neck Swimsuit Top

New with tags swimsuit top from Trina Turk, size Large. From
the 2009 collection, swimsuit top has a bright and vibrant
color mix of white, turquoise, lavendar and green against a
base of olive gold color. Fabric is signed. Soft padded bust
cups, gold toned finding at top center bust which creates a
keyhole beneath is. Halter neck style ties behind neckline
NEW JANTZEN Rasberry Pink Swimsuit Bikini Bottoms
size 8 NEW

JANTZEN Rasberry Pink Swimsuit Bikini Bottoms size 8

with tags Jantzen swimsuit bikini bottoms in a rich rasberry
pink, size 8. Gathered at the sides with the wonderful
Jantzen diving girl in a gold finding on the back of the
bottoms. Elasticized leg and hip openings. Gusset protective
liner still in place.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Vintage Bikini Bottom Make-over

A wonderful vintage two piece bikini swimsuit circa 1950. Now, doesn't that bikini bottom look like it has ties added to the outside to create a wonderful pattern mix, but then check out that hemline. This would be easy to do for a vintage swimsuit bottom that may have a couple of challenges. Hmmmm, I just may have to try this. What do you think? Using vintage ties of the same period would be beyond fabulous.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Martin White Telescopic Water Suits


Interesting to note that Martin White used the tagline 'telescopic suits' in the print above and he also used them in defining the type of suits in the video below. Swimwear manufacturer Martin White developed the ‘telescopic’ swimsuit in 1937 and  was made on license by R and W.H Symington & Co. Ltd.



This video of Martin White swimsuits features a plastic overskirt, and on another a small bustle.

Image of Jean Simmons in 1947 modeling a satin Lastex Martin White swimsuit.

I can't find out much about martin White. This last image is dated 1951 but my guess is it's really 1941 as the green swimsuit seen in the first image above. If anyone has any more info, please comment!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Rose Marie Reid 1950s Jewwels of the Sea

In the 1950s and 1960s Rose Marie Reid had a brilliant marketing strategy for her swimsuit line and she called it "Jewels of the Sea". These are some of the ads from that series.







On a side note we will be taking a bit of a summer break. We've got some tennis elbow going on and am taking a much needed break from the keyboard. Know anyone who want's to apprentice with Glamoursurf? Drop us a line.