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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Mighty Turban

One of my all time favorite style caps, the turban.Still popular today, the turban has been one of woman's fashion accessories for ages. I like to wear one to the beach, but you can make a stylish impression by mixing and matching with your wardrobe.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Veruschka 1965

Veruschka in 1965 wearing a Ken Scott swimwear ensemble.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


No, it's not an itsy bitsy teeny weenie polka dot bikini, but a few summer drink recipes for you. As always you can click on the images to enlarge them. Enjoy!

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Challenge


I'm not sure what in the world these gals are drinking but they sure look like they are all in a chugging contest of some sort. I never do good with challenges like this. BUT I do love the swimwear they have on. Take note how the front and back come together at the sides and then that sweet little waist tie. Fabulous.

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Beach Hat Compliments the Swimsuit

 1951 Gordon Parks

 1943 Rita Hayworth

 Ruth Langer

 Rita Hayworth

1954 Dior by Henry Clark


1930s Carole Lombard

Hats have been used in many many swimwear pictures through the ages. Here we share some of our favorite images of leggy starlets in their swimsuits and wide brimmed hats. I adore these wide brimmed beauties and wish they still made styles like this today for the beach.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Vintage Dior Swimsuit Playsuit

1983 Dior Swimwear advertisement

Fabulous right? Did you know that Christian Dior began producing swimwear in the very early 1950s? Fred Cole persuaded Dior to design swimsuits for Cole

Christian Dior designed and debuted a swimsuit collection for Cole of California in 1955. At first Dior was reluctant, pleading that he knew nothing of swimwear, to which Cole responded, "you're a designer aren't you? So design." Unable to argue with this, Dior complied and produced his one and only swimwear collection. His ensembles of floral printed swimsuits with halter necks and ties around the waist, with marching billowing beach coats for wearing over the top, followed his New Look silhouette.

Ok so here's what is confusing me. This is an advert from 1951.

See that beautiful black playsuit in the center? That's a DIOR! I dunno, maybe it's because it's called a playsuit, but it sure looks like he designed swimwear before he worked for Cole of California to me. Hmm, what are your thoughts as this is confusing to me. Yeah, the 'new look' that he introduced is there with that wasp waist, but I'd like to know if in fact Cole was the first or not to get Dior to design swimwear. 

And ladies, check out all the other wonderful nuances in this ad. Wear a scarf at your waist, which could be also used as a turban or for sun protection. And I am in love with that yellow coverup by Rochas in the upper right corner. It's described as having sunray pleats. What a fabulous term!!! As always you can click on any images to enlarge them.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Breaking News: Glamoursurf Wins the Website Redesign Challenge - Vote for your Favorite Design Concept

The results are in and I am so very happy to let you know that Glamoursurf WON the Ecommerce Bytes web re-design challenge! Three design teams submitted their best new look and feel for Glamoursurf and the reveal took place yesterday. All the design teams gave input along with the 'look and feel' reveal. Each teams input contains useful nuggets of insight which could be incorporated and or useful for any website (if needed).

The process is not over though. You have the opportunity to VOTE for which design you feel would be the best to incorporate on Glamoursurf.

Here we give you a snapshot of the three designs bust please do take a moment to look at each one for the design review comments, I think you'll find them very interesting.

Design by: Redhead Labs:

Design by: The Design and Usability Center, Bentley University

Design by: Ventura Web Design

I want to thank all of you who helped propel Glamoursurf along by voting for our site, see you made a difference!! And now you have the opportunity to vote on which design you think would work best for our site by going over to Survey Monkey and casting your input. And I'd also like to thank Ina and the folks at eCommerce Bytes for presenting the opportunity challenge and a HUGE thanks to all of the design teams for their invaluable designs.

I do have a favorite and have already voted. Which one do you like?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Marilyn Monday - Beware of Danger


Marilyn reminds us to be careful this July 4th! Happy Monday!