New Zealand Fashion Museum have been busy again, I was at the Maritime Museum with friends and children for a Ports Excursion and Blake and I had a wander through At The Beach, 100 years of Summer Fashion while Luna was absorbed in a documentary about a shipwreck….
We didn’t meander, more of a fly around, finding favourites, admire bathing caps and promise to return, ‘Bringing dad’, Blake decided. Here are our highlights.
Those turbans and sunnies!
Floral bathing caps, yes please!!
So elegant, great to see some toweling beach robes.
There were quite a few old photo reproductions adding more personal stories, it was interesting to see just how colourful swimwear was, old black and white photos tend to influence perceptions of life, I think, so it was great to have this juxtaposition happening throughout.
The forties section was my favourite.
Check out those playsuits! And some early women’s swimwear…
Charming, but I am glad I’m not wearing a dress to swim these days.
Lets not forget the menswear….
There are a few very pretty 50s swimsuits.
So, so, pretty.
It took a lot of self control not to touch these!
Such vibrant colours.
It’s not really a history of Summer Fashion, without some lovely picnic sets, is it?
These were such fun!
I can’t wait to go back, this exhibition is on until the 18th of February, so plenty of time, for multiple visits!
that looks gorgeous, I am a life long esther williams fan (even though i can’t really swim – so those swim hats in the first photo are a personal fave)
I love the 40s section too! And the 50s. I love how colourful the togs are! I would love one of those picnic sets! Would come in so handy!
Yes, the picnic sets is such a good touch to the whole thing. I loved them too!
Floral swim caps! Where have they been all my life!
Hey were the 1950s bathing suits made out of knit or wovens? They looked like wovens, but I couldn’t be sure.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
These ones were woven, there were 40s knit ones too.