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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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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Retro Style Gingham Bathing Suit from Moschino

Ohh la la. Moschino Cheap and Chic does a retro 60's pin up girl look with this gingham high-waisted brief bottom ($495.) and bikini top ($395.) from 2010. Kind of reminds me of the young Brigitte Bardot in Cannes, uncanny no? Brigitte's bottoms are not as high cut, and the photo is from the mid 1950's, but I could sure see her in this cute suit. Gingham, ruffles, shirring, retro styling.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

High-waisted Knit Shorts & Croped Midriff Sweater from Marc Jacobs

50's flavored candy striped midriff top and high-waisted shorts from Marc Jacobs. I adore this look, the little long sleeve midriff cropped v-neck sweater and the high-waisted shorts. The sweater is wool, cashmere and silk and priced at $625. while the shorts run $350. Problem is, I don't have an extra grand laying around to splurge right now. Cute though, right?

Marc Jacobs Knit Sweater and Shorts

Source: May 2011 US Vogue

Monday, June 27, 2011

Glamoursurf featured in Country Living Magazine

I am so happy to be able to tell you about something that has been in the works for a while, but I was sworn to secrecy. The July August issue of Country Living magazine is out, drum roll please, and they have featured vintage swimwear from Glamoursurf!

Each month Country Living does a 'Collecting' section, and in this issue they chose to showcase vintage swimwear.

We are so excited to be featured, and the whole issue has got me in the mood to head to the beach! Or maybe make that beautiful pie, yum!

It was a pleasure working with both Joshua Lyon and Katy McColl from CL. I hope you get the opportunity to see it!

They also have an on-line slide show featuring vintage inspired swimwear. There are some really cute suits shown, including this one.

Thanks Country Living!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dancing in Swimwear @ the Jazz Age Lawn Party

Just a bit of contemporary fun, from the Jazz Age Lawn Party Governors Island New York. The party is held this weekend, and again in late August. Do you have your swimsuit? Are you going?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Seaside Fun 1928


I love this seaside picture. They seem to be having so much fun. Why the one gal is wearing shoes, especially to jump a seaweed rope is beyond me. Is she just joining the group, or leaving perhaps for an ice cream? And just how do you jump rope in heels and sand? Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Captivating Catalina Puckerette OilSilk Swimsuit 1939

Love this ad from Catalina Swimsuits from 1939.

"Ann Sheridan, Warner Brothers star selects this seasons most sensational swimsuit. A featherweight puckerette with hourglass waist and plain top, made of transparent 'oilsilk,' fully lined. Not ordinary oil silk but Endurette pure silk...waterproof processed to withstand stains and sun tan oils. Endurette oil silk is lustrous, odorless; keeps soft and silken! Complete the combination with headed coat or plain coat of the same material, to protect you against wind and sun, or pajamas to slip on over wet suit. Colors: apricot, blue, red and green."

I would love to see this and wonder if it survived the elements as claimed. But the transparency of the silk pajamas and cover up are something special don't you think?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The "Turnabout" Swimsuit from Jantzen

What a wonderful find, this 1940s swimsuit has it's original hangtag from Jantzen and we just listed it over at Glamoursurf today.

The hang tag from this 1940s Jantzen swimsuit gives us lots of info about this suit and sizing. First, it gives the name of the suit - the "Turnabout". Fashioned "Lastex" knit Sharkskin, a beautiful fabric - conforms to body, gives with every movement.

Excellent uplift achieved by special bra construction. Trunk has slenderizing 'phantom' skirt panels in front and back. Adjustable straps assure perfect fit.

Made of Rayon - Cotton - Lastex, style 1L-95, $10.95. This one is a size 44, which should fit a woman between 200-224 lbs.

This is the appliqued logo patch from the suit. She has no pom pom on her hat and her stockings are gone. And below is the label. Some early Jantzen suit labels also have company store names on them, this one has Henry C. Lytton & Co. stamped on it.

And finally, Care of Suit - To put on: Woman's only.
(1) Turn top half of suit down
(2) Grasp double thickness so fingernails wont cut fabric
(3) Pull suit over hips till crotch part fits SNUGLY
(4) Adjust top

Avoid rough surfaces. Pool chemicals and minerals in some waterways tend to injure certain fabrics. Rinse at once in cool water. Dry promptly in shade. Avoid hot water, rubbing and strong soaps.

Gotta love it!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The International Set from Jantzen

During the mid 1950s Jantzen produced a line of swimsuits which they labeled and branded their 'International Set'. Today we share some advertisements, postcards and a label. Jantzen was an innovator in branding and labeling of the different influences on swimwear, including travel and designers. It's interesting to note that Givenchy designed for Jantzen during 1957-58 in his Paris salon and is included in this set.

Jantzen’s International Set, a stunning collection inspired by the favorite resort destinations of the Jet Set of yesteryear, was produced between 1956-1959. The Jantzen International Set was a collection of swimsuits from eighteen design studios around the world. The development of the International Set corresponded to a new-found accessibility to exotic locations made possible through commercial jet travel.

1957 Givenchy for Jantzen - Maroc

1957 Jantzen Africana Collection - Zambezi

1957 Givenchy for Jantzen - Mauresque from the Paris Collection

1957 Cartegena from the Latin America Collection

Jantzen’s International Set, a stunning collection inspired by the favorite resort destinations of the fabled Jet Set of yesteryear, was produced between 1956-1959. The Jantzen International Set was a collection of swimsuits from eighteen design studios around the world. The development of the International Set corresponded to a new-found accessibility to exotic locations made possible through commercial jet travel.

International Set label from Glamoursurf

Pretty ingenious branding I'd say!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Favorites from the Lenny 2012 Spring Summer Rio Collection

Some of our recent favorites from the Lenny Spring Summer 2012 collection. Fabulous prints and cuts! ♥

And the full video can be seen here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Favorites from the Chanel 2012 Resort Collection

Vogue has the latest images from the Chanel 2012 Resort Collection up and I've selected a few of my favorites to share with you today.

I think this is my favorite look. So chic. The gloves, the hat, the glasses! If nothing else the towel would be enough, thank you very much.

Influential blend of vented slacks, vest and bandeau. Pop on a vintage brooch or fur clips and voila.

The classic jacket paired with swimsuit hat and glasses. Just add a glass of Dom and you're set.

It just keeps getting better doesn't it? Timeless. I see influences of the different eras mixed amongst all of the pieces.

Yes, bring back the beach cape!

And a bit of formality tuxedo style. Really brilliant.

The print on this dress just about floored me. There's a slew of gorgeous pieces in the resort collection from Chanel. Do yourself a favor and go check out all of the images, then come back and tell me which is your favorite.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Marilyn Monday

These two images of Marilyn are publicity stills from 'Monkey Business" filmed at the start of 1952.

Marilyn took an endless series of cheesecake photos while working for Fox, she knew her career depended on being noticed by somebody in a position of power. She was successful at this, first becoming one of Joseph M Schenck's 'girls' and then catching the eye of influential agent Johnny Hyde.

Marilyn instinctively knew how to pose for the camera. Here she is in a Catalina swimsuit while she was a teenager and known better then as Norma Jean Baker.

"If I had observed all the rules, I'd never have gotten anywhere."

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The 'Swoon Suit' from Cole of California

When fabric restrictions were placed on manufacturers in World War II, Fred Cole responded by creating the Swoon Suit, a two-piece swimsuit that laced up the sides of the trunk and tied at the bra.


The two piece Swoon Suit was advertised by Cole of California in 1944. The Swoon Suit trademark was applied for in 1944, and it was designed by none other than Margit Fellegi. Here's and interesting tidbit; the LACMA has a beautiful example of the Swoon Suit but they have it dated 1942, interesting right? I'm wondering if this was perhaps the first prototype. Fellegi was head designer for Cole from 1936-1972.


The Swoon Suit was offered in one and two piece styles from the same silk Cole was stitching into parachutes for the war effort. It's side lacing was not only sexy, it served to give silk the figure controlling characteristics of a rubber girdle. It was one of the few styles produced by Cole and designed by Fellegi during the war years.


The Swoon Suit was available in 'Parachute colors'.

Beautiful isn't it? The side lacing, the halter neckline and the pattern. I've not had one of these to offer to you yet, but I'm always looking!