I was looking for an illustration of men’s swimsuits from the 1930s for a post about Tattoo brand makeup. I found this:
That woman’s print bathing suit on the right looked familiar — and it was. I had posted its photograph from an article about cruise wear that appeared in Ladies’ Home Journal in 1936:
Not just the bathing suit, but the pose is very similar. So is the hairstyle. It’s an intriguing insight into how illustrators worked. [Note: The illustration is not from the same magazine as this photo, but this is apparently the reference photo used for the drawing which was made a year later.] To see more fashions from this article about 1936 cruise clothes, click here. [I remember that a very similar print in the same color was available as a chintz decorator fabric in the 1980s. I made a tablecloth from it. Fashion recycling keeps on happening….]
While searching for the print swimsuit photo, I found some other inspiring red (or pink) and white print bathing suits for 1936 – 37:
I also like this two-piece red and white swimsuit decorated with seahorses, issued by McCall’s in 1950:
The skirt-like shorts from 1936 were still around in 1950. There were versions for adults or for little girls. For complete descriptions, see the mother and daughter fashions by clicking here.