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6.21.2010

Saucy Swimwear for Solstice

O beloved readers, I have been utterly remiss in my long absence... rest assured I have a good reason, which will soon be revealed. In the meantime, my band, Baby Seal Club, has been in full gigging and recording mode. We have two shows coming up with watery themes: a giant warehouse party called Sand by the Ton and the Rivertown Revival.

All this nautical goodness has caused us to decide we need a full suite of turn-of-the-century-beach-wear to don for these gigs, and so our research for inspiration has commenced. We unearthed so many great images I had to share, especially on this, the first day of summer.

I just adore the theatricality of these suits. The Victorians wore wool suits that covered them almost completely ~ knickers, puff-sleeved dresses, stockings, and all. You can find more delightful pictures and history here. Things lightened up considerably in the 1920's.

Having no desire to squeeze into a modern bikini bottom myself, I rather like the idea of swimming-bloomers. And ah, the utilitarian silliness of the "bathing machine" ~ those stripey booths for changing from your long woolen petticoats into your long woolen swimsuit and bathing-cape.

And then there's the circus mood of these "Fancy Bather" cigarette trading cards. It appears that stripes and bathing suits go together... And it would seem parasols, oversized bows, and leg-ribbons are a must.

Stripes are de rigueur for the gents as well... this rather serious beefcake of a chap looks like his wool may be chafing his tender bits.

We are fortunate to have the help of our incredibly talented artist friend Else Olava to put together these outfits ~ she spent all weekend sketching madly as the band began recording our very first album. So we shall certainly see what comes of it all. Happy longest day of the year!

8 comments:

squadratomagico said...

It's too bad I didn't come of age ion the 1920s, 'cause I am shaped a *lot* like that model in the reddish onesie... except maybe taller. It is my misfortune to live in the only time and place in the history of the world when/where super-skinny is considered the beauty ideal for women.

Tom Banwell said...

Years ago my mother (who collected costumes) had an old heavy wool swimsuit. Can't imagine what that would have been like soaking wet. Thanks for the post!

Romy Sai said...

Yaaay I missed your words! I'm after some swimming bloomers myself, they are definitely the most stylish thing for curves! LOVE that last stripey in the illustrations. Do they make that in a matching mini size for the little 'un?
Can't wait to see your new garb...

Missantrhopics said...

These old school swimmers are just so awesome.

The Stapelia Company said...

I love that little boy up top with the striped cape and top hat. Very neat old photos. :)

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Marcheline said...

Helena Bonham Carter is a ringer for that tart in the bathing cape - I bet she even owns one. Great post! 8-)

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