1920s Fashion – Hollywood Bathing Suit Styles of 1928

Beautiful 1920s swimsuits –

Our Time traveling beauty consultant Carolyn Van Wycks reports from Hollywood in 1928.


A collection of mouth watering bathing suits modeled by today’s favourite stars. Some outfits for the beach and some .. ahem .. for parading in front of a camera!

Above – the darling Anita Page – who dons another Bradley model and dares the surf to do its worst. the suit has gray and light blue checks and is worn with a white fabric belt. Anita prefers a silk handkerchief tied pirate style, to a rubber cap.
When Miss Page wants to swim in rotogravure sections of the newspapers for MGM she wears the suit below. It is cobweb black lace over flesh-colored Georgette [ a thin crepe fabric named after Georgette de la Plante ] and – hold everything – ornamented with imitation pearl four-leaf clovers!


Next – the coquettish Alice White all dressed up for a First National bathing beauty parade. If it rains, she’s out of luck though. The suit is beach broadcloth with a design of autumn leaves. The bag is a combination suit carrier and pillow. Below is Alice’s own favourite Jantzen swimsuit.


When Patricia Avery, the Christie mermaid, goes into deep water she wears this jersey suit. The sandals are made of rubber and won’t hold the sand. The penguin design handbag holds her clothes and towel. In her outfit on the right, Miss Avery makes a dive for publicity! The hat and parasol are woven of raffia. the rest of the outfit explains itself of course!


Finally is Vera Reynolds who wears a suit that could be launched in any ocean. It’s a white Bradley with red polka dots here and there. Belt, cap and moccasins are also red and white. It’s a suit made for swimming – not posing!

More gorgeous 1920s swimsuit images:
1923-Bradley-Swimsuit---artist-Coles-Phillipslate 1920s pin up illustration by Charles Relyea

1920s swimwear - 1928 -Diane Ellis and Carole Lombard.1920s bathing beauty

text copyright Glamourdaze.com 2013
Originally published in Photoplay – 1928
Many thanks to The Media History Project – for sourcing,scanning and preserving these wonderful articles.

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