Monday, January 20, 2014
Oh no, this is just so wrong! Apparently this ad is from an Italian magazine called 'MODA' from 1988. Yes, I said 1988. Orry Kelly was a fashion designer for the stars and did exclusive designing for swimwear maker Catalina. Bette Davis was used as a model to promote her Warner Brothers films in the mid 1930s along with Kelly who did the costume design for those films. This ad is from 1988, why oh why oh why???? You can definitely see the overlay of the modern 1980s bikini swimsuit on Bette, that would have never been around or appropriate for the 1930s. Not only that but the ad states that the Catalina Swimsuit bears her name.
And here's a lovely pattern I found via a blog post that is the "Bette Davis" bathing suit. Love it!
Still searching for the original Bette ad but in the meantime you can read more about Orry Kelly here.