Welcome to Glamoursplash!

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

We welcome you to shop our on-line boutique Glamoursurf, featuring everything you need from the beach to the bedroom. Glamoursurf specializes in vintage swimwear, vintage lingerie, resort wear, cover ups, swim caps and fun in the sun beach accessories.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Vintage Swimsuit Lot

Are you a good seamstress? Do you have a beach blanket bingo theater production coming up? Need to make patterns from vintage swimwear? Does your beach cottage need new art for the walls? If so we've just launched a lot of 15 vintage swimsuits on our website at glamoursurf.com.

These pieces are in need of some special attention, some very minor, others require a bit more work, but all are truly vintage and fun. We've even included a couple of rubber swim caps. The swimsuits range from the 1930s through the 1970s with most of them in the 1940s and 50s. Satin, cotton, wool and rayon jersey, eyelet, prints, play suits, one pieces and two piece bikini's.

Click on the image to go direct to the listing and help these beauties find a new home!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Take Your Pick Blog Giveaway

Images from Under The Brim

We're sponsoring a give away.

Some of you may know that beyond my two websites glamoursurf featuring vintage swimwear, resort wear & lingerie and glamoursavvy featuring vintage clothing we also spend time over on ETSY selling from 3 different storefronts:
Retrowear - retro clothing vintage kitsch
Glamourstitch - vintage patterns
Treasureturf - vintage jewelry

I met Lonna on ETSY. Lonna sells from two stores; Under The Brim and Sydneys Designs. She has graciously offered to have one item from either of her shops chosen for the give away.

-To enter simply leave a comment on my blog as to which piece of Lonnas you like and why, or leave a Twitter comment @glamour mentioning this blog post with a link.
-If you comment on the blog make sure to leave a valid e-mail address so that you can be contacted, (and feel free to spell it out).
-This contest is open worldwide and the winner will be chosen by random on Sunday October 4th at 6:00pm. The winner will be announced on our blog on Monday October 5th.

-No purchase is necessary to win this contest. Lonna of UndertheBrim and SydneysDesigns is responsible for the mailing of this item.

A little bit about Lonna...
I grew up in a small town outside of Dallas and went to private school for my JR and High school years and then attended The Art Institute for college. However, not for fashion or graphic design like I probably should have gone... I went to cook. I have always been creative and loved working with my hands. I like making handmade items and putting a little of myself into each project. I like the fact that through my creativity, people use and enjoy what I make in my shop and custom items. It really makes me proud.

Lonna also mentions that if something is on reserve she can possible recreate the same item for you. So what are you waiting for? Get over to Under the Brim or SydneysDesigns and make your selection.

Monday, September 28, 2009

John French - Fashion Photographer of the 1950s & 60s

John French (1907-1966) was an English fashion and portrait photographer. Much of his career was spent photographing high fashion models in the 1950s and swinging 60s.

Isn't this a cute ensemble? Love the cover up shift with the same design as the bikini.

In 1942 he had married Vere Denning (1910-91), a fashion journalist, who gave his photographic archive to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Many of hits prints are offered for sale on the V&A website.

You can view more of his work here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sheets & Retro Styled Eco Swimwear

Another shout out for the Aussies doing fabulous swimwear. This time it's also eco-green too.

Designer Ruth Ziller is the genius behind these wonderful suits made for the Billy & Lola brand.
What's even more tempting to me is that Ruth made all of these from vintage sheets that she found at second hand stores in Australia. How brilliant is that?

So, not only are the eco friendly, they have a fabulous retro vibe going on and are made of cotton or cotton blend fabrics, er sheets!

Ruth has designed seven different cuts for the collection ranging from two piece bikini styles to vintage styled one piece 'bathers'. These are exclusively sold in Melbourne, sadly, and I can't find a link for them on line either. However, for those of you who live in Melbourne, you can find Billy & Lola exclusively at Fannyz Jaakan on Chapel Street

But perhaps if you're a sewing crafter you could get a pattern from glamoursurf, raid your linen closet and make your own up-cycled vintage swimsuit.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

IFB Links a la Mode for the week of September 24, 2009


Breath Mint Anyone?

Edited by Jordana
There's something about the fall season that brings both calming and chaotic feelings. As we kiss our wild summer nights goodbye, we say hello to late night study sessions and longer days in the office. As New York Fashion Week closes and we're trying to catch up on the latest collections, London Fashion Week kicks off. This week's round up of Links à la Mode from Independent Fashion Bloggers embodies a little bit of everything in an effort to give you a breather in between the deceiving calm that comes with fall. We've got runway reviewes ranging from Fashion Pulse's take on Tory Burch to Fasshonaburu's humorous experience at the Snuggie fashion show, and Style Amour rated the top five most disappointing Spring 2010 collections. There are also a few new DIY's worth checking out, especially the Maison Michael bunny ears post from Monoxious. Last but not least, make sure you check out Ashe Mischief's scando-style post on Sarah Von of Yes and Yes on Dramatis Personae.

By the way, if you haven't checked out the IFB Dress Up Soiree & Evolving Influence Panel recap, click here.

Links à la Mode : September 24th

  • A Typical Atypical: Make me a... 20's flapper girl - vintage outfits for the modern girl

  • Aysha's Rabbit Hole: Watch the accessory madness

  • Bobbins And Bombshells: Musings on the history and significance of red lipstick

  • Broke & Beautiful: Bored with the same old nude pumps? Elle shares some architectural ones to covet, instead

  • Clutch 22: DVF ss10 Cleopatra in the 21st Century

  • Decline Designs: Looking Forward to Fall at Decline Designs

  • Dramatis Personae: Sarah Von of Yes and Yes shares the secrets of Scandinavian Style

  • Fashion Hippo: To Trend or Not to Trend? Fall 2009 trends contemplated

  • Fashion Pulse: Up close and personal at the Tory Burch Spring 2010 presentation.

  • Fasshonaburu: Alyssa goes to and reviews the hilarious Snuggie Fashion Show during NY Fashion Week!

  • Friend in Fashion: More milage from your fashion dollar. Tube skirt, 6 different looks

  • Glamoursplash: They don't make 'em like this anymore; the beautiful mermaids of Busby Berkleys Footlight Parade

  • Idiosyncratic Style: If fall's hottest shoes belonged to a clique

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: The IFB Dress Up Soiree recap... photos and more!

  • Monoxious: How to make your own Maison Michel Lace bunny ears!

  • Prom Mafia: DC Fashion Week embraces white after Labor Day and shows beauty comes in all colors, shapes, sizes

  • Retro Chick: Win a Lulu Guinness Cameo City Tote

  • Style Amour: Spring's 2010 biggest Misses - the top 5 most disappointing NYFW shows

  • Sweet Fuzz: Win the gorgeous Gemma necklace (worth $155 dollars!) from Twisted and Beautiful, featured on Bravo's NYC Prep

  • The Coveted: Buckled and Booted... essential boots for Autumn

  • The Fashion Planner: How to make a T-shirt Lei Necklace; plus enter to win one!

  • The Sideshow Scrapbook: Review about the "Ones to Watch" catwalk show at LFW

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New York Fashion Week 2010 Swimwear Focus

A few of the catwalk videos from New York Fashion Week which feature swimwear. I'm pleased to still see lots of influence from retro styles.

Rosa Cha - New York Fashion Week Spring 2010

Stripes and polka dots and some retro lines to please the eye. Very nice collection.

Gottex - New York Fashion Week Spring 2010

Bringing some intricate beading and interesting fabric to their swimwear line for 2010.

Diane Von Furstenberg Cruise 2010 Fashion Show

Some really beautiful pieces here. A little bit of fun swimwear too. Love the big bow headpieces.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore!

It's 1933, a time when the country was in a depression and movies were a popular distraction. Film director Busby Berkley filled the nations screens with musical extravaganza's. One of his creations was Footlight Parade featuring James Cagney and Joan Blondell along with a beavy of beautiful mermaids paddling with synchronized swimming precision. Hollywood had discovered that pretty girls were an excellent antidote for the Depression years.

This clip paired with the music of VANGELIS, Sirens Whispering, is only a small 7 minute segment of the whole movie, but for me it steals the stage. This is a true work of cinematic genius.

The headpieces and suits are stunning, the camera angles, the editing, the costumes, the synchronized swimming feats, the sets, I could go on and on. Enjoy!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Creative Canvas Swimsuit Style

Wow, isn't she pretty? And can you guess where this is heading? The year is 1950.

See how the suit sashes in front between the bust and can be worn strapless with the sash tied in front or tied behind the neck? It seems that most of the pretty models for this event are wearing solid white swimsuits.

Well lets then add some men, some alcohol in some conference room and see what develops shall we?
Huh, he's writing on my bum?

I'm sure that must tickle, and I'm sure there were lots of jokes being passed around.

Woah, getting a little close for comfort? Alfred, are you leaving your phone number?

Now let's see, will the ink run?

Aww, yours is just so cute! Seriously marketing stunts like this were done pretty frequently back in the 1950s. This one was actually to test a new 'waterproof' ink and what better way to do it that to use top fashion models in swimsuits from New York and combine them with cartoonists of the day. Want to see more? Here are all of the images from LIFE magazine that were shot by Bernard Hoffman.

Credit goes to PW the beat blog for uncovering the original source of this somewhat 'creative' marketing event. I wonder what ever became of the swimsuit canvases?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Limited Edition Tin

Rummaging at the flea market a few weeks ago, I found this lovely tin and just had to bring it home with me. It a 'limited edition' tin that Cracker Jack put out in 1991.

While I used to eat this confection as a kid and have fond memories of 'finding the prize inside' I don't eat it any more. I just don't have a sweet tooth like I used to.

But the reason I bought the tin wasn't for nostalgic reasons, it's because of this wonderful image. Isn't she sweet?
Now I need to figure out how to get some of the gooey residue off the tin without taking off the paint of the image. Once it's complete I'll use it to store all my vintage buttons.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

I could Daze at these for Days

Truly art in motion. The pictures speak for themselves.

Images by Adam Pretty of Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham. Pretty was born in Australia and currently works for Getty Images.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Did You See Drew?

Did you see Drew Barrymore in this jaw dropping dress from Alexander McQueen for the screening of her new movie ‘Whip it’ at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival? The black lace is so edgy on this dress, I absolutely adore it! The black tipped hair, maybe not.

I for one am really excited to see this movie, roller girls, up close and personal female action, what's not to love?

You too could be a roller girl for Halloween in a couple of listings we currently have on ETSY. Just click the picture to go to the listings.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

GlamourScoop- Jessica of MyVintageVogue

I'm a big fan of Jessica over at myvintagevogue. If you've not visited her blog or website, do yourself a favor and scat over there now. Jessica has amassed a large inventory of vintage fashion images, advertisements and illustrations from Conde Nast, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar etc.

It's a visual fashion feast where you can spend hours getting sucked into the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s etc. I'm especially enamored with her swimwear page. So, sit back and learn a bit about the gal behind all those beautiful images. Meet Jessica!

Images courtesy of MyVintageVogue

Tell our readers a bit about yourself.

I’m not all that exciting I’m in my 30’s I’m a single mom living in Los Angeles I have a “real job” as an assistant property manager.

How, why and when did “myvintagevogue” begin?

I started the flickr stream in November of 2008. I was just trying at that time to put what I had collected in one place never realizing it would become so popular. I started the website in April of this year to give it a permanent home. The website averages around 40,000 hits a month and has had an amazing response.

You have a photo stream and a blog correct? What is the difference and purpose for both of these?

Sad to say I have 3 blogs and 2 photo streams for myvintagevogue (MVV) as well as a group on facebook and twitter. The idea was to branch out but I might have gotten a little carried away lol. I like to post daily and so being able to blog is a good way for me to see what is popular to post to the website.

Do you sell vintage clothing too?

Although I have collected and worn vintage clothing and accessories I am not a vintage seller. I do have plans to clean out some of my collection and sell those.

How large is your library of vintage periodicals and do they cover magazines other than Vogue?

The collection is large and growing quickly. I use any and all publications related to fashion, even catalog and pattern books. I am very fond of Vogue & Harper’s but there are so many amazing magazines to choose from that I don’t like to limit myself.

You must notice different trends that come back into fashion at different times, what are some of these?

It’s funny I was watching an interview with Anna Wintour in which she was saying that fashion is about always looking forward not back. I found this amusing as I look back at fashions past every day and see things redone and reused over and over again.

What do you think it takes to be a successful company like MVV?

Two words – Viral Marketing

What does the future hold in store for MVV?

MVV is a not for profit project. I would love to quit my day job and have it pay the bills but, until then, I’m happy that the website is being used to educate and inspire and I will continue to do it as long as there is interest in it.

Do you have favorite photographers from the past and who are they?

Horst P. Horst , John Rawlings, Avedon, Nina Leen, Louise Dahl-Wolfe just to name a few there are so many great photographers.

How about models, do you have any favorites?

Jean Patchett is my favorite model I have two pages devoted to her on the website. Of course Dovima, Suzy Parker & Evelyn Tripp are amazing as well.

How do you think the style of photography has changed over the decades?

So much has changed with the advent of digital. When you think of the amount of skill and technique needed in the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s to shoot photos, it really was an art form. Not that there aren’t amazing photographers today, but it seems like they will let almost any one shoot fashion and some just aren’t that amazing.

What other blogs do you read that you think would be of interest to the vintage community?

Besides yours - wow there are so many doing great work http://coutureallure.blogspot.com , http://milliemotts.blogspot.com & http://www.vintageshoppingguide.com

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about vintage fashion?

I hear a lot from people who believed that women from the past were larger. I’m here to tell you just because they say Marilyn Monroe was a size 12, that doesn’t equate to a size 12 of today, it's more like a 6. If you look at the top models of the 50’s Jean Patchett, Dovima & Suzy Parker these were very tiny women. Fashion designers have been making clothes for small women for a very long time.

Are there certain eras that you like to collect or display?

The collection is from 1920 – 1965 but I prefer the 40’s & 50’s.

Which designer(s) gives you inspiration?

My favorite modern designer is Alexander McQueen, as far as vintage designers I’m a big fan of Adrian, Adele Simpson & Jacques Fath, just to name a few.

What do you collect?

I started collecting antiques in grade school I guess you could say I was born in the wrong time. The last few years I’ve been collecting vintage photos and vintage buttons – yikes I am a dork, lol.

When you aren't working on MVV how do you spend your time?

When I’m not working on “the project” I have great friends and family and a wonderful man who I adore that I spend my time with.

Otherwise it’s all vintage all the time, some of my friends have suggested a 12 step program – Hello my name is Jessica and I can’t stop blogging vintage.

You can visit Jessica on any of her sites listed here.





Thanks Jessica, keep up the great work!

Monday, September 14, 2009

You win!

Thanks to Carol of Life of a Jersey Girl for giving me the 'Kreativ Blogger' award for our GlamourSplash blog! Cool! Now I get to pass on the award to 7 of my favorite blogs (only 7? that's hard!) and also tell you 7 things that I ♥love♥. Ready, Set, Go!

Heather Bullard - Heather does such an amazing job with her photo's and mixing up vintage with modern twist. Really, her staging is impeccable.

Gala Darling - Gala always has such an awesome mix of interesting and amazing links in her Icing blog, I especially love her 'Things I love Thursday' and 'Carousel' post on Fridays. And besides, who doesn't admire a gal that can pull off PINK hair!

Queens of Vintage - Really love this site, not only does it have a wealth of information but it also has a wonderful forum group. Just so many avenues for a vintage gal to explore.

Denise Brain - I've admired Maggie for such a long time. She does all of her own modeling, she presents vintage in a favorable light and she has some great inventory to boot. What's not to love? Check out her monthly flash themes she produces, just amazing! And today is her Birthday to boot, Happy Birthday Maggie!

Super Kawaii Mama - A very well done blog with lots of inspiration.

Liebemarlene - Again, she does an amazing job with her photo's and presenting vintage in such a fun way, check her out, I'm sure you'll be hooked too!

CoutureAllure - Jody always has an impressive display of vintage knowledge, from sharing her vintage magazine scans to a wealth of favorite vintage finds. She has some fabulous inventory too!

Wow, I could go on and on, but alas, I share with you the 7 things I ♥love♥.

Vintage swimwear - well duh!?! Really, if you don't share this passion with me you probably wouldn't be reading my blog! We sell vintage swimwear and vintage clothing.

Volunteering - I am a big fan of volunteering, if you don't give back to your community, you should! It makes you feel good, give back where you can! Volunteering in my past has been helping to build housing for Habitat for Humanity, working with children and art in after school programs, and volunteering for my daughters school through the Parent Club where we raise funds for the school to support various programs.

Fast Cars - OK, my last 3 cars have been BMW's. Performance, performance and yes, performance. I love a car that gives me speed, comfort and agility. Maybe someday DH will break my habit and get me a Porsche or a T-bird or something.

Cooking - When I'm not on line you can probably catch me in the kitchen cooking up all sorts of yummy in your tummy offerings. I really love to cook and share food with friends and family. My kitchen is the heart of my home.

Learning - I am always learning something new, and If I'm not, then shame on me, I'm bored. Challenge yourself to learn something new each day!

Art - Inspire me! I have a degree in art and a small art studio where I thrive. It's really a wonderful thing to have a creative outlet, good therapy too!

Reading - I love to read, every night before I go to bed I read. OK, I also read at other times of the day, but bedtime is my favorite time to pull out a good book and just get lost.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The History of the Bikini

Enjoy a slide show from Time website on the history of the bikini. There's even a picture of the young Brigitte Bardot in there that I don't have in this post, but it's the same bikini. They also have a photo essay on the evolution of the bikini here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Have you seen her?

Isn't this a most wonderful mannequin? She is on auction right now, if I had the space to display her I would seriously consider purchasing her. She's not the Jantzen Diving Girl but she is a close resemblance.

This Jantzen Diving Girl was once on display at the Jantzen building in Portland Oregon. She is now on display at PGE Park. There were six of these figures produced in 1959 by a Los Angeles mannequin company for Jantzen.

This Jantzen diving girl sign has been at Stamie's Smart Beach Wear in Daytona Beach since 1965.

Fun hum?

GlamourScoop - Pamela Fierro

Collectors Weekly recently interviewed me on the subject of vintage swimwear and has published the article on their website. Please have a look! And thanks Maribeth, you were great to work with.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Remembering my Grandparents

I was going through some of my pictures this weekend and was thrilled to find these wonderful photo's of my maternal grandparents in their swimsuit attire. My grandfather William C. King was born on May 15, 1890 and lived to be 91 years old. My grandmother Hallie Jessie King was born on August 8, 1903. This picture of grandpa is dated to the 1930s and was taken at Lake Michigan. He would have been in his 40's in this photo. The picture of my grandmother was taken in 1925, she would have been 22. They were married a year later in 1926.

Their first home after getting married on January 18, 1926 was in Dowagiac, Michigan. From there they moved to Southbend, Indiana where my grandfather bought and painted the house pink because it was my grandmothers favorite color. I was born in Southbend so I was fortunate to spend time with my grandparents when I was very young. As a family we used to take summer vacations to Lake Michigan.

I have fond memories of both of my grandparents. Grandma was a very frugal person, after having gone through the depression. She sewed, gardened and cooked and also was an RN. I fondly remember her teaching me to cook tomato soup from home grown tomatoes, she would can lots of her own produce and they had a huge blackberry patch on the side yard. Fresh lemonade was always on hand in the refrigerator.

Grandpa smoked a pipe and kept a drawer stocked by his bed with butterscotch candies, my favorite flavor to date. He'd also go fishing. I remember going to the worm patch with him and helping to dig through the dirt for earthworms that he would put in his worm can to take on his outings. Grandma would cook up fresh fried blue fish for breakfast. YUMMY!

Their house contained a wonderful cellar filled with all sorts of nooks and crannies to play hide and seek in. The smell of that cellar is one I'll never forget and whenever I do smell something similar it always brings me back to that wonderful cool environment. The attic was also a wonderful place to explore. Grandma never got rid of any of the clothes, and they were stored hanging in the attic. I remember one day finding an Indian head nickle in one of the pockets of a jacket, and I still have that nickle to this day.

Isn't it interesting how smells and taste can be such big memory triggers? It's been fun spending the weekend reminiscing about my grandparents.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Yes It's Labor Day

And I'm spending precious few moments on line today. One of them is to wish you all a happy Labor Day and hope you are out there celebrating with friends and family. I'm in between making coleslaw and BBQ, banana bread and iced tea. Be safe, have some fun in the sun!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Senorita Hollywood Puts on a Vintage Fashion Show

A friend and colleague of ours, Christina of Senorita Hollywood, took part in a vintage rockabilly fashion show this weekend with stock from her store in Santa Rosa. Christina has been one busy gal this past month. She just moved her vintage retail store to a new location in Santa Rosa. If you are in the area, please look her up. Her shop is Skirt Chaser Vintage - 208 Davis Street Santa Rosa, CA. 95401.

These photo's of her lovely models in swimwear just captivated me. Shows just how good a modern gal can look in vintage swimwear.

The accessories really helped to pull the looks together.

Parasols, fans, high heel peep toes, sunglasses, just too cute and perfect accessories for your swimwear.
And she has all sorts of dress pics as well, this is one of our favorites. It would be perfect for a stroll on the boardwalk.

Shorts layered with a crop top and a short tank, how fun!

And you gotta love the flowers in the hair. All the hair and make up were done in period. Doesn't it just complete the look?

Here's the line up. The lovely Christina is the bombshell third from the right in a beautiful turquoise sarong and cat eye sunglasses. She'll be having a booth at Rockabilly Rave next month in Las Vegas. If you go, be sure to stop by and say hi!