1940s swimwear designs.
The dressmaker suit is trumps in the new ultra-swim worthy offerings that can either go to sea – or be seen! Deanna Durbin, who’ll lead the eagerly-awaited “Spring Parade”, likes this one featuring a swing skirt and a halter that fastens in front, where the blue and red stripes are manipulated to create a pattern. How delightful!
Wanda McKay wears a B.V.D swimsuit classic of cotton worsted, acetate and rubber with circular bra for uplift.
Brocaded white satin Lastex with royal leaf print and a “butterfly” bra fashions the Catalina swimsuit model worn by Anne Gwynne.
Judith Barret suns herself in a Mabs two-piece bathing suit with front half skirt and adjustable belt and shoulder straps. Candy stripes are blue and white.
But Natalie Draper sun bathes in a one-piece suit by U.S. Krepe-Tex which has built in undertrunks, a gored skirt and soft woolen shoulder straps. The plaid’s yellow and brown on a white background.
Typical of this season’s sun-suit designs adapted to water is this, in which Ann Sheridian cheerfully belies the title of
“Torrid Zone.” Trimmings of crisp white ( rickrack at the hemline) add to the cool effect.
A Transvaal Daisy print in tropical hues features a two-way stretch Calcraft knitted suit, as modeled by Carole Landis.
A “Surplice” for uplift and a flared skirt for fashion in a Jantzen model of Velva-Lure as worn in rose by Irma Wilsen.
Princess lines with a pantie, a dull-and-shiny rayon satin Lastex with Bermuda strips – Gantner suit for the delectable Lois Ransom.
Patricia Ellis shows you how West Coast Manchester puts a satin suit woven with Lastex in red and white candy strips over panties of red Matletex.
Many thanks to The Media History Project – for sourcing,scanning and preserving these wonderful articles.
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1 thought on “1940’s Fashion – Swimwear Styles of the Stars – June 1940.”
What no Esther Williams??
Still, they all were equally beautiful.
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