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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, October 29, 2013

Stripes Make the Swimsuit - Vintage Style

Feeling a little stripey today? One pieces and two pieces, different eras, different models. Just to show you a range of vintage swimwear with stripes. Note how the use of color and stripe give lots of visual interest to certain points on the body, no pun intended!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Vintage 1960s Halloween Swimwear Inspiration

Halloween is almost here, are you ready? I thought it would be fun to show some vintage images for inspiration for your costume, beach - surf - sun related of course. We'll be mixing it up this week with some fun ideas. Vintage swimwear is a great source of inspiration, not just for Halloween but for any time of year you feel like looking glamorous and a bit of vintage vixen mixed in.

Today we focus on 1960s style:

Tiki Conga Girl

 1960s Space Girl channeling the Jetsons

Annette Funicello

A Mondrian canvas

We'd love to hear from you, what are you planning to be for Halloween? Where does your inspiration come from?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Beach Couture by Adriana Degreas - Paris Spring Summer 2014

This morning my on-line friend Jasmin Jones from Australia posted this video on Facebook. First off - Thank you Jazzie! This collection is downright stunning and I'm enamored with the whole collection! Black and white swimwear, maillots and bikinis, casual and sophisticated lounge wear and caps all with an incredible design sense.Go now, check it out!

Adriana Degreas is a Brazillian designer who was born into a family with deep-rooted history in vintage shopping – stocking designers like Emilio Pucci, Azzedine Aläia, Pierre Cardin and André Courrèges, among others – Brazilian designer Adriana Degreas stepped out to combine elegant, sophisticated shapes and high-end materials, making her creations glamorous works of art.

Adriana turned to the swimwear world when she got married and started working with her husband and his family. He was in charge of a beachwear company with 60 years of tradition. In 2001, proposing a glamorous beach, she decided to accomplish an authorial project, today known as “Adriana Degreas”.

Cut outs cut outs cut outs... 

This maxi sleeveless lounge wear set reminds me of a cross between Schiaparelli and Jantzen.Sleek. stylish and on trend. A great use of the image silhouette to the body, no?

Sophisticated cutouts, fabulous use of see-through fabrics and stunning design details. 

You all know how much I love sleeved swimwear because it's just so unexpected, and this baby does not disappoint!

My hat is off to you Adriana! Fabulous and on trend for me, a mix of retro styling with sophistication, elegance and a bit of peek-a-boo. Bon Chance.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

1947 Cole of California Sexy Streamline Advertisement

1947 Cole of California

Beautiful new backsweep, in Lastex from Cole of California. This ad is from 1947, the suit is called 'Streamline' and it appears to be part of a series from the 'Westward to the Sea' Beachwear Collection. We're going to have to research that further and see what else was in this fine collection as this one looks just marvelous.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Marilyn Monday Wingding

Happy Monday everyone. Here she is Miss Marilyn, perfectly poised just for you. She's got on a Catalina swimsuit called the wingding, we were lucky enough to have this vintage swimsuit in our inventory at one time. Could you guess the fabric is velvet? Just beautiful.

 All images from 1951. Thank you Miss Marilyn, and Catalina of course!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1940s Bloomerang Beach Suit by Koret of California


Koret of California famous sun-or-swim suit of Jersanese print, a California fabric Co."Colorama", self adjusting. About $11.00, that's about $115.00 in today's dollar.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pat Premo Beach Ensemble circa 1947

Divine, divine, divine. Checks, stripes and polka dots all mixed together in fanciful fashions for summer from Pat Premo. I absolutely love each and every piece in this collection. The colors are lovely and look at that skirt with shorts under it. I die. Which is your favorite?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Vintage Maidenform Bra Advertisement - 1961 - Chariots of Fire


This past weekend I picked up quite a few vintage magazines. I love reading them, the stories, the ads, the prices, the pictures! This one caught my eye with it's fabulousness. First off, great inspiration for a Halloween costume don't you think? Secondly, did you know Maidenform did swimwear? YUP! I have a couple of swimsuits in my -not listed yet- inventory, I really should pull them to shoot for you all. But I digress, back to this fabulous ad.

Whomever came up with this concept and the tag line is brilliant! Her red cape, lapels and arm cuff bracelets frame that pointy cup white bra in a way that makes you look at her bust line and take notice, and that tag line supports it all the more. She in charge of her chariot and is leading the pack in a happy, yet somewhat dreamy way.

Let's check the details. 'Butterfly Insert' to adjust the size and fit of each cup as it uplifts and separates?  It's hard to tell but it looks like a partial under-wire. Not your circle stitch bra to keep your points, they look sewn from the outside in to the center. And look, Maidenform is calling Spandex new in 1961, and even giving it it's own trade name - 'Vyrene'.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Helene Shelda circa 1931

Russian dancer Helene Shelda circa 1931 in Paris. She was inspired by the Hindu's in British India. makes me want to dance and stretch!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Racerback Vintage Swimsuit from Anne Cole 1987

This image from Anne Cole is from 1987. Anne Cole used to work with her father at Cole of California, she spread her wings to fly with her own company in the 1980s. I like the styling of this image, from the racerback deep cut arms (is that a signature bobble on the back), to the swimcap she's wearing. Bravo.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Vintage 1950s Catalina Swimwear banded with MINK!

 1955 Catalina Swimwear

It's not too often that you come across something really fabulous that just makes you smile for days. This advertisement featuring Catalina swimwear did it for me.This ad came out in 1955 to show the stars in upcoming films, but there is some great info in that copy.

Left: Dorothy Lamour in Catalina's Cotton print swim ensemble Yo-Yo-San. Princess line suit with stay-front draped-center bra. Puckerette zip back and peg top tapered shorts. The matching Kabuki kimono style coat has a wrap front, Mandarin collar, tie belt and is lined with white terry cloth. Orange or Blue, about $14. for each piece.

Right: Terry Moore in a Lanton Taffeta suit trimmed in Mink: side shirring with  a flange bra banded with Mink (especially treated for the water). Hyacinth with Sapphire Mink, black with white mink, or cinnamon with ranch mink. About $25.00. That's about $218. in today's value.

Mink & Swimsuits oh my, I wonder how they treated the mink to make it hold up?!?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sea Nymph by Jordan 1940s 1950s - Vintage Swimwear Advertising

Today we share some images of vintage swimwear advertising from Sea Nymph by Jordan. I like the progression from hand drawn black and white illustrations from the 1940s  to color photographs of the 1950s. And there are some great play on words in the text. Note the three different logo styles as well! Click on images to enlarge.