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Monday, December 22, 2014

Hollywood Costume Designer Adrian Dresses Camelot

Adrian (1903-1959) achieved success as a designer in the Hollywood of the 1930s by producing sculptured caps for Greta Garbo, ostrich feathered negligees for Jean Harlow and lame trench coats for Joan Crawford. But as a boy in the industrial town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, Adrian Adolph Greenburg sketched fire-breathing dragons and fed his lively imagination on the mythology of the Middle Ages.

Adrian had just returned from a retirement forced by a heart attack when Camelot director Moss Hart asked if he would be interested in doing the costumes for the musical. Retiring to his studio with a copy of T. H. Whites The Once and Future King, on which the libretto was based, Adrian produced 84 sketches. While Camelot was in the early stages of production, he dies of another heart attack (1959). His long time associate Tony Duquette completed the assignment from Adrians sketches, a number of which we show you here. 

 Director Moss Hart, far left, looks and listens as librettist Alan Jay Lerner suggests a change in the chain-mail costume being tried on by Robert Goulet, who played the role of Lancelot.

 Carrying his pet owl Archimedes and brandishing a magic wand, Merlyn the magician appears in flowing robes decorated with occult symbols.

 For an early evening on the castle Arthur is attired in the elaborately embroidered tunic.

 Adrian designed an enveloping cape for Arthur to wear in the royal box at the jousting field.

 Guenevere wears a flaming red cloak when Arthur, who has hidden in a tree, catches his first glimpse of her.

 For a scene in the Great Hall, Guenevere is regally clad in an ermine trimmed gown.

 During the scene in the Queens bedchamber, Lancelot is attired only in jerkin and hose.

 Dress for combat, he appears in chain mail and other armor under a tunic decorated with dragons.

 King Pellinore, the aging comic knight who has known Arthur since the latter's boyhood, is arrayed from head to foot in a suit of rusty, clanking armor.

 In costumes adorned with frills and feathers, young ladies of the court of Camelot dance and sing in honor of the joyous month of May.
A severe combination of black and white brings out the sinister character of wicked Mordred, who corrupts King Arthur's court.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last Night I Dreamed of Marilyn

Last night Marilyn came to visit me in my dreams. It was so real to me. I was in a salon having my nails done when all of a sudden there she was get a pedicure and we became fast friends. I remember hugging her, she was such a sweet young pretty gal and really friendly. Her Chanel #5 lingered in the air. The lady servicing us looked looked sort of like Flo (Stephanie Courtney) from those Progressive Insurance commercials. It's one of those dreams that sticks with you.

Meanwhile this picture of Marilyn is from her film Niagara. Costume designer was Dorothy Jeakins. I love this outfit she wearing, color, cut and keyholes too!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Rear View - 1960s Beach Bikinis

And with the good year blimp no less, butts and blimps. Note the different styles of fastening the backs from elastic hip line to zipper and even a threaded tie back. Just lovely. Now when was the last time you wore an up-do to the beach?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lovely Things Happen to You in a Catalina Swimsuit

Advertisement from 1955 for Catalina swimwear. Creative use of the parasol I'd say!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

30% OFF at Glamoursurf - Now Through Nov 17 2014

Glamoursurf is having a 30% OFF Pre-Holiday sale and there are only 5 days left. Use keword 'Marilyn' at checkout and discount will apply to all orders over $50.00. Now with FREE shipping too! Visit us today!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

1937 Coopers Sport Trunks Masculinized Undergarments

This ad for JB Sport Trunks by Coopers has me chuckling a little bit. The advertisement is from 1937. Get masculinized!

You don't have to 'watch-out' for yourself in JB Coopers sport trunks, they 'watch out' for you. You can dive, swim, 'ride the board', scale the mast or lie in the sun without worrying about exposure. That's because of the support built right into the trunks. JBs guard you well, eliminate bulges and prevent disarray.

You look as well groomed and poised in a JB sport Trunk as you do in your finest tailored suit. And you actually gain freedom of action. Your comfort, too, is assured by the masculinized Jockey construction.

The JB Sport Trunk provides masculine and abdominal support. Jockey inner garment of Durene, Bellin inner waistband of Lastex. It is a posture garment, smoothing the contours, controlling the waist. The trunk fabric itself does not cling to your body.

You can't know perfect swim comfort until you've tried JB Sport Trunks by Coopers - either the wool trunk $2.95 or the gabardine $2.50. Ideal for swimming, sailing, sunning, tennis, bicycling, gymnasium and track work. Try them today, and really let yourself go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vintage Bathing Suit Travel Themed Advertising Illustrations

I was tickled pink the other day when I came across a book with these wonderful travel themed swimwear illustrations.I've decided I'm going back today to rescue this little gem as it was in one of my favorite second hand shops. I am so hopeful it's still there as I'd love to frame some of these for my office.

These quick pics were taken with my camera phone while I was there last so at least I did save something of them. Hopefully the rescue pays off!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Claire McCardell and the Sunbonnet


Doing research this morning I came across an image from Claire McCardell, an all time favorite designer of mine,  which I dont recall seeing before. Caption partially reads" pique bathing suit costume with its inseparable sunbonnet." It makes me happy when I see animage and I know exactly who the designer is. Claire has played with the 'sunbonnet' or scarf/headress treatment throughout her career. 

Here's another from her that sports something similar, this one from 1954. I'll take one of each please!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Katy Keene - Paper Doll Vintage Swimwear Fashion Inspiration

Katy Keene - Comic book heroine who has been compared to Betty Page and ranks in at #57 on the "100 sexiest women in comics." But what intrigues me today are all the fabulous swimwear fashions she has!

Katy launched in 1945 published by Archie Comics.

She certainly has the 'pin-up' style.

Do a google search for images of Katie Keene and you can spend hours deciding what outfit she will wear.

But for me, it's the swimwear! And this is only a sampling of what's available. Oh my, oh my....

Monday, September 29, 2014

1951 Jantzen Swimwear Advertising - Match Mates - Matching Swimsuits

Australian advertisement from Jantzen swimwear 1951, Be Attractive While You're Active. Love that headline. What's 'dramatically different' in 1951? Marina Match-mates, matching swimwear for you and your partner, that's what. NEW from Jantzen.

But wait,

This advertisement from Jantzen touting matching swimwear appeared in 1950, most likely in the US. So either:

A) Matching swimwear style started in the US and then got marketed in Australia, or

B) The rollout launch was a success and they decided to take it worldwide, or

C) The media but was made at different times in different locations, or

D) The seasonality made it more appropriate to launch later.

Who know, but I find these types of details intriguing. Either way, it's safe to say, matching swimwear ensembles began in the very early 1950s.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lorenz Knitting Mills Vintage Black Wool Swimsuit from 1930

Vintage wool bathing suits from the 1920s and 30s are becoming increasingly difficult to come by as time marches on. The effects of time, sunlight, age, and little critters can make a disaster out of wool in no time. That's why it's such a pleasure when I find early pieces with provenance to help support identification and attributes. Case in point, this wonderful Lorenz Knitting Mills men's bathing suit from 1930. Sorry, I don't own a male mannequin as of yet so this wool swimsuit is being modeled on my female mannequin. But what I want to share with you is the piece, the label and the ad.

The ad for this suit is from 1930. It 'supports and protects' at the same time because of the new built in supporter. I've not been successful in finding out much information about the Lorenz Knitting Mills other than they also produced novelty sweaters for women.

We've just listed this piece on Glamoursurf.


Monday, August 25, 2014

The Glory of the Vintage 1930s Beach Pajama

Perhaps one of my favorite summertime outfits are vintage beach pajamas. So comfortable, usually consisting of a one-piece like jumpsuit with wide legs and easy breezy fabrics.This past week we've been looking at beach pajamas and their beginnings from the very late 20s to their popularity in the early 1930s.

Some of these images you may have seen before on our blog, but it certainly can't hurt to share them again. I'm always on the hunt for information relating to them.


 1931 detail - Patou

They really are for fun, play and sports. This advert shows they even can be worn for 'sport' while on vacation at the beach. And Patou always catches my eye!


Lawn Bowling anyone? ACK! Those polka-dots, fabulousness! circa 1935


1930s Lido Girls


They really are figure flattering for many body types. But, as with anything vintage, they are getting harder and harder to come by.

We did just list a pair of vintage beach pajamas by Anteme - Fruit of the Loom over at Glamoursurf.
Let's take a look at a couple of the ads from Fruit of the Loom. Both of these are from the early 30s.

circa 1931

circa 1932

1930s Beach Pajamas

Fabulous fabric too, nice and lightweight cotton batiste. Love it when I can find old artwork and ads that match the labels of vintage fashion we bring you. Hmmm, I may just have to wear a pair of these today.