Fadshions – 1967 Psychedelic Tarzan bathing suit

I was browsing Etsy a few weeks back and came across this great psychedelic flower-power print panel that looks like a miniskirt, but it’s actually a man’s bikini bathing suit with front and back panels to make it look like a Tarzan-style loincloth. I haven’t seen one before and its not normally the sort of thing I collect for the museum but it had a lot of bells and whistles – unusual garment, great print, label… So I bookmark it and go off to think… I didn’t forgot about it, but it wasn’t a priority…

A couple of weeks pass and I run across a casual reference in an article from 1967 about ‘loincloth’ bathing suits for men – surely this is what they are talking about. And then, not an hour later, I come across this image by Henry Diltz of Hippies in New York painting their faces before heading off to a ‘be-in’ in Central Park. Sure enough, the guy in the picture is wearing a shirt in the identical print.

So I decide, yes, I have to get the suit for the museum, but he who hesitates – loses. The bathing suit was gone…

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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2 Responses to Fadshions – 1967 Psychedelic Tarzan bathing suit

  1. Ron Grant says:

    These things were definitely around. I owned one. The one I had was slit on the sides, so the back and front would flap when you ran. This would have been about 1966 – 68. I was 12 years old.

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