Sportswear Workshop ~ Part 1: Intro and Bathing Suits

Discussion in 'Sportswear 2008 by Fuzzylizzie' started by fuzzylizzie, May 30, 2008.

  1. vintageclothesline

    vintageclothesline Trade Member

    Well, how about that Pam! You are welcome to use the Gernreich images. Is the suit on your site now?

    Lizzie, thought you would like that Tina Leser. It is different, isn't it?

    I think my favorite is the Cabana stripe.

    Here is just another little excerpt from the article..

    "Any resemblance between this year's swim scene and a gala party is purely intentional. Dress designers, including French couturier Christian Dior, have joined sportswear manufacturers to dress up the bathing-suit business. Using all the tricks of the trade, they have translated slim sheaths, bouffant petticoats, tunics and poignant-looking Empire waistlines into thigh-length suits. Exotic fabrics like lace, satin and velvet have been treated so they are sun- and seaworthy; even the more conservative suits generally sport trimmings of sequins or streamers...."

    and that is the way it was in Summer, 1956!
     
  2. glamoursurf

    glamoursurf Alumni

    Thanks Linda, :excited: No it's not listed.
     
  3. hatfeathers

    hatfeathers Trade Member

    So much to know! Faboo!

    I just love the look of the 40s-60s suits, so in tune with the curves of a healthy body, showing enough to be sexy without being nekkid in public.
     
  4. Laura

    Laura Alumni

    I hope you can help me with this pattern, Lizzie. It looks '80s to me - what do you think? Sometimes I have trouble dating late '70s-'80s patterns. I think it's interesting that both models are barefoot yet posing on their toes as if they're wearing high heels.

    Laura
     
  5. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    Deborah, By the 1950s, one of the popular style of swimsuit was basicly a lined playsuit. That fab yellow and white Cabana suit Linda posted is a great example.

    Playsuits have been around since the 1930s, but they were very different from swimsuits at that time. But it obviously clicked in some swimsuit designer's brains that the playsuit was a perfect beach garment; one that could go from the water to the boardwalk without even a cover up.
     
  6. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    Laura, I'm getting more of a 70s vibe. It's almost disco-y looking.
     
  7. themerchantsofvintage

    themerchantsofvintage Administrator Staff Member

  8. Laura

    Laura Alumni

    Thanks for that, Lizzie. I kept going back and forth on the date. After you suggested '70s, I went back to the pattern and found a date that I had missed before - 1976. So you were right!

    I see from the Label Resource bio that Anne Klein died in 1974, and Donna Karan was head designer for the Anne Klein label from 1974 to 1984. Does that mean this would have really been a Donna Karan design?

    Laura
     
  9. JulieW

    JulieW Alumni

    Wonderful Lizzie...such great information.

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    and this one has no tags, but the print is soooo pretty.
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  10. Coutureallure

    Coutureallure Alumni

    Wouldn't you just die if you found the 1950 matching men's and women's set in someone's attic?
     
  11. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    Very entertaining and enlightening, Lizzie! Thanks so much.

    Can you tell me a bit about the accoutrements that one had with beach clothes, such as the shoes you posted earlier. When did they stop using them? And the evolution of bathing caps? I have a small collection of those, but I see that the rubber is degrading in a few of them. And is this a 'beach cape' as I was told? 1930s? When was the last time these were used? Thanks. Lynne

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  12. lkranieri

    lkranieri Trade Member

    Just one other question, Lizzie. I found this item at a local estate sale and was amused by the pockets that jut out from the sides. A short time later I found the (1920s I assume) pattern that you see below it and that identifies this item as a "romper." Was that similar to a playsuit? Was it ever worn for bathing?

    Thank you.
    Lynne

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  13. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    Honestly, I've never seen a "romper" like that. Maybe a fore-runner of the playsuit, you think?

    I really think the playsuit of the 1930s is more related the the gymsuit, and I'll get into that tomorrow.

    How fantastic that you have the romper and the pattern! And no, this would not have been swimwear.

    I'll get into the accessories a bit later. I actually had a few pictures that I forgot to post, so I'll get those up.

    If Jonathan drops in, he can feel free to explain about the shoes, but if not I'll be a poor substitute for him.

    Thanks, everyone for the great participation!
     
  14. BagDiva

    BagDiva Guest

    l'm duffer when it comes to swimwear so l'm lapping up every second of this!!

    thanks so much!!
     
  15. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    This is an article from the September 1941 issue of Cosmopolitan. Titled Beauty and the Beach, it really doesn't show the swimwear that great, but the captions are a sort of a hoot

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  16. glamoursurf

    glamoursurf Alumni

    These are some early rubber bathing slippers I had, now sold:
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  17. glamoursurf

    glamoursurf Alumni

    Care to look at men's swimwear?


    Here are some ads from the 30's - the 50's featuring men's suits:

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  18. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    Those men's ads are great!

    But OMG! I have those 1944 white Jantzen pleated shorts in my closet! The label even reads "Sun Clothes!" (May I borrow that ad?)
     
  19. bonton

    bonton Trade Member

    Nice stuff Lizzie...I always enjoy your workshops!!

    Here are a few suits I have up this week on ebay. You can click my ebay link below for the auctions.

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    Psychedelic Print Bikini

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    MOD One Piece

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    Lee one piece

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    Classic Jantzen Pin-up Suit

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    Jantzen with great atomic sea creature print
     
  20. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    I swear, I had that top suit arond 1968!

    Okay, next up, some accessories.
     

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