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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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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!

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!