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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.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hollywood Costume Designer Adrian Dresses Camelot

Adrian (1903-1959) achieved success as a designer in the Hollywood of the 1930s by producing sculptured caps for Greta Garbo, ostrich feathered negligees for Jean Harlow and lame trench coats for Joan Crawford. But as a boy in the industrial town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, Adrian Adolph Greenburg sketched fire-breathing dragons and fed his lively imagination on the mythology of the Middle Ages.

Adrian had just returned from a retirement forced by a heart attack when Camelot director Moss Hart asked if he would be interested in doing the costumes for the musical. Retiring to his studio with a copy of T. H. Whites The Once and Future King, on which the libretto was based, Adrian produced 84 sketches. While Camelot was in the early stages of production, he dies of another heart attack (1959). His long time associate Tony Duquette completed the assignment from Adrians sketches, a number of which we show you here. 

 Director Moss Hart, far left, looks and listens as librettist Alan Jay Lerner suggests a change in the chain-mail costume being tried on by Robert Goulet, who played the role of Lancelot.

 Carrying his pet owl Archimedes and brandishing a magic wand, Merlyn the magician appears in flowing robes decorated with occult symbols.

 For an early evening on the castle Arthur is attired in the elaborately embroidered tunic.

 Adrian designed an enveloping cape for Arthur to wear in the royal box at the jousting field.

 Guenevere wears a flaming red cloak when Arthur, who has hidden in a tree, catches his first glimpse of her.

 For a scene in the Great Hall, Guenevere is regally clad in an ermine trimmed gown.

 During the scene in the Queens bedchamber, Lancelot is attired only in jerkin and hose.

 Dress for combat, he appears in chain mail and other armor under a tunic decorated with dragons.

 King Pellinore, the aging comic knight who has known Arthur since the latter's boyhood, is arrayed from head to foot in a suit of rusty, clanking armor.

 In costumes adorned with frills and feathers, young ladies of the court of Camelot dance and sing in honor of the joyous month of May.
A severe combination of black and white brings out the sinister character of wicked Mordred, who corrupts King Arthur's court.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last Night I Dreamed of Marilyn

Last night Marilyn came to visit me in my dreams. It was so real to me. I was in a salon having my nails done when all of a sudden there she was get a pedicure and we became fast friends. I remember hugging her, she was such a sweet young pretty gal and really friendly. Her Chanel #5 lingered in the air. The lady servicing us looked looked sort of like Flo (Stephanie Courtney) from those Progressive Insurance commercials. It's one of those dreams that sticks with you.

Meanwhile this picture of Marilyn is from her film Niagara. Costume designer was Dorothy Jeakins. I love this outfit she wearing, color, cut and keyholes too!