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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Swept Away with Toni Frissell

Recently while out doing my errands I found myself in a waiting room with some old Vogue magazines. This photograph popped out at me as I hadn't seen this particular piece before. It's by one of our favorite photographers, Toni Frissell.

Toni Frissell - 1939 Sink or Swim

I've always been enamoured with her underwater photography work and this piece is no exception. Toni actually took up photography as a form of therapy after her brother, who was a documentary filmmaker, disappeared at sea.

Toni Frissell 1947 - Woman in Water

In this Toni Frissell photograph, a model swims with dolphins underwater in a water tank. She wears a striped, crinkled one-piece swimsuit by Brest. The playful image appeared in the January 1, 1939, Vogue.

A fashion model underwater in the dolphin tank at Marineland, Florida circa 1939, Toni Frissell.

You can read more about Toni's work in other posts we've done here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Brigitte!

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of our famous sex kittens Brigitte Bardot, born September 28, 1934.

All of these wonderful images of Brigitte are from 1953 where she attended the Cannes Film festival. Brigitte Bardot was one of the first women to wear a bikini. She was 21 in these photos.







She sure did make a sensation. Happy Birthday Brigitte!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ronald Reagan in Swimwear Tidbits

Ronald Reagan diving from a diving board, while on the Eureka College swim team. 1928-32

Ronald Reagan as a lifeguard in Lowell Park, Illinois. 1927

Reagan employed as a life guard at Lowell Park in Dixon, where, in the next seven summers, he was credited with saving 77 lives.


Reagan signed as a contract player for Warner Bros. in 1937 and in 1945 he signed a million dollar contract with the same.

Catalina’s association with Warner Brothers costume designer Orry Kelly and makeup artist Perc Westmore helped them gain access to such stars as Ronald Reagan and Marilyn Monroe as models for their swimwear.

Not bad for a President I'd say.


Monday, September 19, 2011

1948 Jantzen Swimsuit


Here's a fun photo from the 1948 Jantzen Sales Convention. I really like the little ruffled offset piece to the front of the bottoms she has on. But my oh my, this gentleman looks like a wolf in a candy shop! Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Catalina Angel Fish - Sweethearts in Swimsuits

Jessica from My Vintage Vogue posted a wonderful image on our facebook page of the beautiful Jane Greer. That's a Catalina hand print swimsuit Jane is wearing, and we just happened to have the supporting advertisement for the suit.

Available in black and white or black and coral, $12.00. That's $112. in todays dollar.


1948 Sweethearts in Swimsuits Catalina Advertisement. A slight modification from the two piece, but still wonderful, and check out the matching men's trunks. Thank you Jessica!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Marilyn in a Polka Dot Bikini






Marilyn looking cute as a button in a little polka dot bikini with ruffles. All images are from 1951.



Wondering just how many swimsuits Marilyn had? Oh my oh my....


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Giorgio Sant' Angelo Swimwear 'n Such

The bikini is the evening dress of the future.” Giorgio Sant' Angelo

Sant' Angelo 1968, model Veruschka





1980s Sant' Angelo

I'm adoring this color-block interchangeable ensemble.
1980s Sant' Angelo


Giorgio di Sant' Angelo may have been on to something here. I would love to see what his designs were like today if he were still around.

But no fear, the Phoenix Art Museum is having a Giorgio Sant' Angelo retrospective, opening on Sept. 17, 2011 - February 12, 2012.



Exhibition Overview from the website:


"Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo (1933-1989) rose to prominence during the late 1960s with his exuberant and colorful accessories and collections. With an eye for fantasy, Sant’ Angelo created expressive collections that merged his own Latin upbringing with gypsy, Aztec, American Indian and Asian influences among others. Eclectic mixes of vibrant fabrics with rich ornamentation were combined in free-body designs to reflect his ideas of modern sensuality. By reversing the role of stretch fabrics from innerwear to outerwear, he revealed the shape of the natural body as a modern fashion fundamental. “Silhouette as we’ve known it, as something imposed by fashion is finished. The only silhouette for 1971 is the body,” he proclaimed.

Throughout the 1970s, Sant’ Angelo’s designs became more streamlined to reflect the changing times and the active lifestyle of the modern woman. Easy to pack, easy to fit, easy to wear his clothes were both contemporary and practical. Always a step ahead of the fashion industry, Sant’ Angelo’s very feminine collections of the 1980s had a soft–edge, mixing gossamer weight stretch fabrics with lace and chiffon in layered body-aware designs that transformed with the movement and individuality of the wearer. The body suit was the foundation upon which he built layers such as the sarong skirt in a vibrant rainbow of colors.

Born Count Jorge Alberto Imperatrice di Sant’ Angelo e Ratti di Desio in Florence, Italy, he was raised in Argentina and Brazil and trained as an architect and industrial designer in Italy. He studied art, ceramics and sculpture in Spain and France, under Pablo Picasso among others. In 1962, he was awarded an animation fellowship at Walt Disney Studios in California but soon relocated to New York City and began freelancing in a wide range of design areas including industrial, textile, interiors and jewelry. His experimental Lucite jewelry and accessories caught the attention of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland who commissioned him to style and create works for fashion editorials. In 1967, Sant’ Angelo collaborated with photographer Richard Avedon to create the now iconic image of Twiggy with a flower drawn on her eye that ran on the cover of the July issue of Vogue. His fashion career came to the fore with the July 1968 issue of Vogue which featured an eight page editorial of model Veruschka, his lifelong muse, photographed by Franco Rubartelli in the Arizona desert. Sant’ Angelo clothed her by wrapping yards of colorful fabrics, fur and ropes in looks that defined the color and texture of the nomadic hippy look in high fashion. Reacting against the boxy shapes of established fashion, Sant’ Angelo’s clothes presented a new fluidity and flattering sensuality in fashion. His private clients included celebrities such as Lena Horne, Mick Jagger and Diana Ross who were attracted to Sant’ Angelo’s exaggerated, glamorous and highly original designs and his youthful passion for life.

Sant’ Angelo was known to say, “I am not a fashion designer but an artist who works in fashion—an engineer of color and form.” His wide reach across design areas reflected his myriad of talents and viewpoint of fashion as a total lifestyle. He was among the first designers to encompass elements in home furnishings and environmental fragrances which are now industry standards."

If you go please send us some pics!!! Phoenix just may have to be a pit stop for me soon!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

California Coastal Clean Up Day September 17


Give it up people, get out and volunteer to clean up the beach, or the river near you! Once a year in California we have the opportunity to participate in the Coastal Clean Up Day. You can find a site to volunteer near you in Southern Ca. or search the web and find a location near you. We found one local to us for the Save our Shores in the Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.

An estimated 6.4 million tons of litter enters the oceans every year and 80% comes from land. What better way to help the environment that to participate for a few hours while walking on the beach?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Czech Collage Artist Karel Teige

Collage rotogravure, 1942. Collection: The National Museum of Literature, Prague, Czechoslovakia.


Some of you may know I do collage work now and again so when I happened on this lovely collage by Karel Teige I just had to share it with you.

Karel was a critic and organizer of events on the Czech art scene of the 1920s, he was also a leading figure of the avant-garde group Devetsil and a member of the Prague Surrealists. Between 1934 and his premature death in 1951, he privately produced nearly 400 collages with the female nude being a main theme in his work.



Quite interesting to me. Hope you enjoy!