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Monday, October 29, 2012

Catalina 1956 - Oh those Bothersome Air Bubbles

Both of these Catalina ads for men are from 1956. I kind of love the caption: The man Wears Catalina. And the Double Header part was for reversible swim trunks. "Inspired by Janus the immortal two faced god, our new "Double Header" swim trunks are doubly good looking... give your beach wardrobe twice it's versatility. You can wear them inside out or outside in... they give you two smart swim trunks for the price of one. Double Header provides twice the pleasure of ordinary swim trunks."

And how about the 'Cuban Cut". The copy reads "Next best thing to wearing nothing at all. These flexible skin tight diver designs cling to you like a coat of tan...leave no room for bothersome air bubbles...leave you with complete freedom of motion."

Bothersome air bubbles... ha! That's going to be playing with my head all day.

Friday, October 26, 2012

1977 Guy Laroche Two Piece Swimsuit

Fabulous right? And maybe just a small bit of inspiration for your vintage Halloween get-up.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Every Gal Needs Some Bathing Boots

At least you would have in 1917, when swimming was called bathing and every gal needed to be covered from head to foot. Well, your arms could be exposed but that was about it. A rubber bathing cap, bathing boots or bathing shoes, a bathing suit and stockings were all needed to go in the ocean or lounge at the beach. Quite a change when you consider some of the skimpy bikini's of the 80s and 90s and today wouldn't you say?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Marilyn Mondays - Swimsuit by Margit Fellegi 1948





Marilyn Monroe in a Cole of California swimsuit circa 1948. This is such a nice color and cut for her don't you think? We've got this suit in black listed on our site Glamoursurf. It was designed by Margit Fellegi, swoon!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cactus Tails & Catalina Swimsuit Ad from 1948


It's 1948 and a wonderful print from Catalina, love styling and cactus tail print, don't you? Catalina did many of these hand prints. And how about that long board? Wow.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Marilyn and Earl part 2





Yesterday we shared a couple of images of Marilyn in a bikini from 1951, photographed by Earl Theisen. Today we share another by the same photographer, Marilyn in the same suit (and shoes) without the jacket she was wearing. And Look! That bikini has side laces, even more risque. My guess, and it's a guess, is that it's a Catalina. But whomever was the manufacturer was, the bikini swimsuit looks stunning on Marilyn wouldn't you say. Thank you Earl!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Marilyn Monday circa 1951


Today for our Marilyn Monday post at GlamourSplash we're sharing a couple of stumper shots. Yep that's Marilyn alright, and those are her shoes that we see so often when she's modeling swimwear. But, check out that bikini! The year is 1951. Very risque for then, not the high waist style bikini you would typically see in the 1950s. And look at that string top! The photo's are by famed Photographer Earl Theisen. Come back tomorrow for another surprise on this swimsuit.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Golfing 30s Style

Norman Parkinson, 1939

Fashion photographer Norman Parkinson is best know for his British glamour fashion shots. He did lots of work for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar back in the day. But I love how stylish these ladies are for golfing. Pleated skirts, jackets, turbans and of course sunglasses! Just fabulous! You might find it interesting to note that the first women's golf club was formed in 1867. Want to know more about the history of women in golfing, check it out here. And our friend Fuzzy Lizzie has written a great post on the history of women's golfing clothing. FORE! And just because I adore beach pyjama's here's another early golfing image.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Alfred Shaheen Show debuts at the Bishop Museum

Alfred Shaheen was a brilliant designer and is one of our favorites here at Glamoursurf. There is a traveling exhibit of his work and if you happen to be living or visiting Honolulu you must go see the exhibit at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.

The exhibit runs from November 10, 2012 through  Febuary 4, 2013. The exhibit will showcase more than 200 works of this famed designer which are on loan from his daughter Camille Shaheen. The exhibit visited the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in 2010. You can read our review of that show here. Not to be missed!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Marilyn Monroe Monday

This image of Marilyn is from 1950, she's got that so come hither look, and how about that swimsuit?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Paris Beach Costume Fashions - Patou, Schiaparelli, Talbot 1928


First things first, click on the image to enlarge so you can see all the wonderful detail. 1920's, Patou, Schiaparelli, Paris, beach pajamas and swimwear? I should say so. Illustrations by Helene Piton. This page is from June 1928, a fashion illustration from a Ladies Home Journal magazine and features some fabulous designers of my favorite subject matter, swimwear, or in this case 'Beach Costumes'.

The top illustration shows two Patou pieces, the left and center. Made of striped and plain jersey, in beige and brown stripes and red respectively. The right is from Schiaparelli, and orange woolen sponge backed cape that slips over the head and wraps the body.

The bottom left image is of a Patou white crepe satin beach pajamas with a coordinating red satin crepe coat. And finally at right, a sports ensemble from Nowitzky and a box plaited skirted bathing suit from Talbot.

You can purchase this page of images from For the Love of Old on ETSY. I'm tempted, so very tempted.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Another High Waisted Bathing Suit from Bottega Veneta

Here's another retro styled high waisted bathing suit, this one is from Bottega Veneta MSRP $520. Paired with a Chanel tweed jacket, Dolce & Gabbana wristlet bag. What do you accessorize your bathing suit with?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Retro Styled High Waisted Swimsuit


Are you a fan of Retro Styled swimwear? There are so many designers now that have been launching high waisted retro styled swimwear. Today we show an example from Moschino Cheap and Chic. Love so many things about this piece. First off, the high waist and fitted bottoms, the gingham is a plus, and check out those cute little ruffles. This image appeared in Vogue June 2010. Bikini top MSRP $395. and bottoms $495.

Monday, October 1, 2012

1970s Postcards

Do you collect postcards? I sometimes will pick one or two up if they have something of interest for me. These two I found recently had swimwear, so naturally they came home with me.


The postcard above is for the Ramada Inn in Bangor, Maine. I was a little surprised to go online and see that this particular hotel is still in business. The reviews, not so great, most of what I read had to do with 'needs updating', or 'smells musty'.No surprising I guess. But the postcard is indicative of the times. The 1970s. check out the swimwear, and we all need a waiter who wears a tam-o-shanter right?



The next one is from the Ambassador Inn in West Sacramento, Ca. which is now a senior apt complex, my how times change. But come now, who wouldn't want to lodge here from images such as this? What's interesting to me is the similar graphics on both cards, the layout, the photo's the mosaic type white lines.