Thursday, June 23, 2011

Vintage Swimsuit Inspiration - 1966

How about a swimsuit with a hood?  Oh yeah.  Nina Ricci Boutique.

Newsboy cap atop a wild pop-art print.  Tom Brigance for Sinclair.

Reversible?  You bet!  Purple and mustard wool knit suit and cape by Maljana.  Both pieces reverse to the opposite color.  Cool.

How does that teeny-tiny top stay up?  I'll bet is has wires.  Bikini bottom is wrapped and tied in front.  John Weitz.


Halter neckline with tiny little buttons and loops to leave open or attempt to close.  Beach towel makes a huge turban for your wet hair.  Cole of California.

13 comments:

Mary Ellen said...

Wonderful suits! (Well, maybe not the hooded one; my first thought was how hot that hood would be on the beach!) My favorite is probably the one by Tom Brigance for Sinclair; that wild pop-art print looks as if it's adapted from the characteristic reverse-applique molas sewn (and worn) by the Kuna Indians of Panama's San Blas Islands. I'd love to see this one in color, as molas are usually amazingly vivid, with many bright colors.

Anonymous said...

that brigance suit looks like a mola print, though since it's not in color i can't tell for sure!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Mary Ellen, you're probably right that those colors are vivid. It's too bad that fashion magazines continued to use many black and white photos right on into the 70s.

Anonymous said...

The hooded suit would work for women from muslim countries at the olympics. There is a big debate about their sportswear. I also love molas and have a few of them. It must have been a great suit

K-Line said...

Seriously, when I saw the triangle bikini holding itself up, I did a double take. Fanstastic and weird!

The Style Crone said...

Loving the headwear!

YYZ said...

WOOL bathing suit! Oh, dear-- the days before lycra mean that, on top of being itchy, that suit would just get all stretched out of shape and droopy once wet. Fashion is a cruel mistress, indeed! ;)

une femme said...

I wish there was this kind of effort and styling put into one piece bathing suits today. Not that I'd go for one with a hood, but the options out there for one-piece suits are generally just so BLAND.

those tricks said...

I kind of want that bottom suit really bad.

Anonymous said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post as I do many others. Not until today did I read your Monday post--I like the blog's format and appreciate your time. I've never commented before because I didn't realize a simple "Well done!" or "Beautiful clothes!" would make a difference. You provide an insightful, educated, passionate look into vintage fashion.

Mayrozez said...

Boy, I wouldn't want to get that reversible one wet. Looks like the weight of it would pull the top right down! Kind of grooving on the diaper-bottomed bikini, though.

Mad Scientist said...

Love that last one from Cole of California. I totally agree with une femme - one piece bathing suits are so dull at the moment, though at least the legs are so high cut any more.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Glad you all liked these and I agree that wearing a wool suit was not as comfortable as our modern stretch fabrics. But this wool suit probably had some synthetic content so it would hold it's shape. Most suits were wool back in the 20s and 30s.

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