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Monday, January 18, 2010

Resort Wear Fashions of the Virgin Islands 1949

Our final post in a series of Beach and Resort Wear Fashions from 1949. I really love this first image.

On the banks of St. Croix Christiansted harbor, a sophisticated modern resort dress is a form fitting, strapless, beltless brown cotton with real fishnet sleeves, and a shawl collar which can be worn down around the shoulders or up over the head as a hood. The three cork buttons are covered with fishnet and the jewelry is made of cork, pearls, and colorful beads. Dress by Margaret Newman, Capezio straw sandals, Regina jewelry.

Crisp cover up of washable cottons make the right kind of clothes for island sight seeing and shopping. Right, next to the donkey, a two piece tattersall dress by Claire McCardell which has a full skirt, a draped bosom, thin shoulder straps and contrasting short tied bolero. Center: a white pique skirt with a purple chambray blouse featuring pique cuffs and bib, by Frances Sider. Left: a two piece with a print dirndl skirt and eyelet embroidered blouse by Mady Marell.

Wearing citified dresses for sight seeing, the girls study the quiet village square. In the foreground: a two piece linen ensemble by Pat Premo consists of a scarlet strapless dress with a white linen jacket. Back: a white linen dress with red embroidered scallops and dots by William Bass.

Lightweight dresses designed for the Virgin Islands are shown on the Widows Walk of the Lutheran Parsonage in Christiansted. The dress in the foreground is a tan cotton with an elasticized waist and matching scarf. In the background is a pale blue cotton with push up sleeves. Both by Joset Walker!

Sailing clothes should be easy and comfortable and warmer that shore apparel. Left: a pair of light yellow wool slacks with an adjustable waistband worn with a navy jersey pull over and a wool cardigan for added warmth. Right: yellow corduroy shorts worn with a jersey T-shirt by Jantzen.

On the bow of the Yawl, girl visitors wear warm but brief play clothes. Left a two piece navy wool knit shorts and matching two tone shirt by Groblu. Right: a lightweight red and white striped jersey decollete sweater worn with navy cotton shorts by Toni Owen.

I have to admit that all of the Joset Walker pieces in this series are my favorites. She had such a sense of style. And I'll have to go on an research a bit more about Shepherd. What are your favorites?

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