Tag Archives: bathing suits

When it was illegal to change in your car…

I found this snippet in the July 25, 1921 New York Times:

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100 Years of Swimwear

These past few months the Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas has been showcasing 10 bathing suits from the Fashion History Museum collection with the 1930s and up augmented with hats, sunglasses, and other fun beach paraphernalia. The show … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Rose Marie Reid’s earliest line – Skintite

I first blogged about Rose Marie Reid in my first ‘Canadian Fashion Connection’ post nearly six years ago. However, last week I found an example of the very first design she created that got her into the swimwear business. So here is a … Continue reading

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Passing Legend – Lea Gottlieb of Gottex

Lea Gottlieb was born on September 17, 1918 in Sajószentpéter, Hungary. Surviving the nazi occupation of Hungary, Lea, her husband Armin and their two daughters, moved to Czechoslovakia after the war to run a raincoat factory. The Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia in … Continue reading

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Fashion and furniture

Spandex (an anagram of ‘expands’) was co-invented in 1959 by chemists C. L. Sandquist and Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s laboratory in Virgina as a replacement for rubber in corsetry. Also known as lycra, the super stretchy synthetic fabric was being … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connections – Rose Marie Reid

(Originally blogged November 21, 2008) Yesterday I introduced what will become a regular blog column on Movie Costume Reviews. Today I want to introduce another regular blog column – Canadian Fashion Connections. Here I will find interesting tidbits that are … Continue reading

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