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Beachwear Collection

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Printed matching shorts and shirt outfit, 1956

Printed matching shorts and shirt outfit, 1956
Gaily patterned Italian shorts and shirt in a multi-coloured cotton from Finnigans. Date: 1956

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Summer Happening at Harvey Nichols

Summer Happening at Harvey Nichols
Shoot for Harvey Nichols - Summer Fashions ('Summer Happening') - swimsuit with bold colourful paisley effect pattern in turquoise and gold Date: circa late 1960s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Summer Happening at Harvey Nichols

Summer Happening at Harvey Nichols
Shoot for Harvey Nichols - Summer Fashions ('Summer Happening') - beachwear with floral print - bikini and short mini dress Date: circa late 1960s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: British Edwardian bathing beauties

British Edwardian bathing beauties
1905

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Family on holiday in Spain

Family on holiday in Spain - playing on a sandy beach. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Pretty young lady making a splash with a dive into the sea

Pretty young lady making a splash with a dive into the sea
I'm making a big splash down here'! A pretty young lady in a vivid red swimsuit and headscarf leaps into the sea, sending some of the other occupants of the waters flying into the air!

Background imageBeachwear Collection: A towelling tunic for the beach, complete with a pattern to make it oneself. Date: 1954

A towelling tunic for the beach, complete with a pattern to make it oneself. Date: 1954

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Summer fashion ideas for women: a plage suit with a lozenge-patterned jerkin, and two swimsuits

Summer fashion ideas for women: a plage suit with a lozenge-patterned jerkin, and two swimsuits. Date: 1954

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Women on a beach, illustrating the season's fashions. Date: 1954

Women on a beach, illustrating the season's fashions. Date: 1954

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Cotton summer fashions for women. Date: 1954

Cotton summer fashions for women. Date: 1954

Background imageBeachwear Collection: A sketch of a lady with an umbrella in the summer

A sketch of a lady with an umbrella in the summer sun on a beach in a bathing suit, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Two bathing suits shown on the Lido, Venice, 1926

Two bathing suits shown on the Lido, Venice, 1926 - top from Jane Rigny and bottom from Phillipe et Gaston Date: 1926

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Large group of holidaymakers on a British beach

Large group of holidaymakers on a British beach - looking up at the photographer (possibly stood on the promenade?) - the photograph was taken at 8pm on July 11, 1925

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Shop window beachwear design

Shop window beachwear design, woman sunbathing in deckchair. 1937

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Fashion. Beachwear

Fashion. Beachwear
Illustration for ladies beach robes. Date: 1928

Background imageBeachwear Collection: M. and Mme. Dubonnet at the Miramar beach, Biarritz

M. and Mme. Dubonnet at the Miramar beach, Biarritz
Madame Paul Dubonnet, formerly Mrs Jean Nash, regularly declared the best-dressed woman in Europe, on the beach at Biarritz while her husband, of the drinks dynasty, sunbathes nearby. 1932

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Personalities on the beach

Personalities on the beach -- Hon Mrs Richard Norton, the wife of Lord Grantleys heir. Date: 1930

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Personalities beside the pool and on the beach

Personalities beside the pool and on the beach -- Lady Cynthia Mosley by the bathing pool, Cap d Antibes (top) and Cocktail Time

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Beach suits of shantung and crepe

Beach suits of shantung and crepe
Extremely clever beach suits from Marshall and Snelgrove of Oxford Street. The ensemble on the left is a study in plain and printed shantung; the waistcoat strikes a new note

Background imageBeachwear Collection: A sun suit of Irish linen, 1931

A sun suit of Irish linen, 1931
A sun suit in printed irish linen showing a bold cretonne design and consisting of trousers and coat, the scheme being completed by a sunshade and hat

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Lunch at Taverna of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, Venice Lido

Lunch at Taverna of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, Venice Lido
Impression of the Taverna restaurant, part of the huge Excelsior Palace Hotel on the beach at the Venice Lido. Diners rarely dressed for lunch

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Sea Suits for Sunning and Swimming 1931

Sea Suits for Sunning and Swimming 1931
Clothes for swimming and sunbathings, two leisure preoccupations of the 1930s. The gaily coloured outfit on the left in striped blue and white heavy cotton has braces to the trousers

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Countess Barbara Haugwitz-Reventlow (Barbara Hutton), 1938

Countess Barbara Haugwitz-Reventlow (Barbara Hutton), 1938
Countess Haugwitz-Reventlow, formerly Miss Barbara Hutton (1912-76) pictured at the fashionable Venice Lido in 1938 wearing a Chinese style pyjamas

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Beach fashions, 1938

Beach fashions, 1938
A variety of beach fashions for 1938 worn by smart society in the smartest holiday resorts. Top left is Miss Jeannette Fuqua at Biarritz in a two-piece

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Comic Postcard - Don t get pinched for following the fashion

Comic Postcard - Don t get pinched for following the fashions. A Policeman fails to agree with the sartorial bravery of a chap who has decided to launch out in his underwear (long johns)

Background imageBeachwear Collection: I m Just Beginning to Look Around Here

I m Just Beginning to Look Around Here! 1934

Background imageBeachwear Collection: SWIMWEAR 1929

SWIMWEAR 1929
Girls wearing the latest beachwear Date: 1929

Background imageBeachwear Collection: A candid Seaside Family Photograph - White Cliffs and pebble beach at Beer, South Devon

A candid Seaside Family Photograph - White Cliffs and pebble beach at Beer, South Devon. Date: 1938

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Fidos eaten the FRONT of my backless (swimming costume)

Fidos eaten the FRONT of my backless (swimming costume). A slightly risque humorous comment of the fad for backless bathing attire at this time. Date: 1934

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Mrs Grundy anywhere about? - A young girl checks before emerging from a beach tent

Mrs Grundy anywhere about? - A young girl checks before emerging from a beach tent... Mrs Grundy is a figurative name for an extremely conventional or priggish person

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Stylised glamour of the Cote d Azur

Stylised glamour of the Cote d Azur - note the fashionable abstract printing on the warps and the sailors bell-bottomed trouser look. Date: circa 1930s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Jolly Seaside Theatrical Troupe pose on a flatbed truck

Jolly Seaside Theatrical Troupe pose on a flatbed truck
Jolly Seaside Theatrical Troupe pose in costume on a flatbed truck Date: circa 1920s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Sunbathing lady on a deckchair - British Seaside Coast

Sunbathing lady on a deckchair - British Seaside Coast. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: A very jolly group playing with a huge ball on the beach

A very jolly group playing with a huge ball on the beach
A wonderful photograph of a very jolly group (possibly one large extended family) playing with a huge ball on the beach - note the variety of magnificent beachwear on show!

Background imageBeachwear Collection: 1940s - Lay poses in back garden in new beachwear

1940s - Lay poses in back garden in new beachwear
Entitled " The Body" - this photo shows a British Housewife in her back garden modelling her latest summer beach outfit - July, 1949. Date: 1949

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Pretty French girl in fishscale swimsuit reclining

Pretty French girl in fishscale swimsuit reclining
A pretty French model in fish scale pattern swimsuit and floral silk headscarf reclining seductively on a photographic studio beach. Date: late 1910s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Eight Florida girls in Bikinis on the beach

Eight Florida girls in Bikinis on the beach
Wish you were here in Florida with us ! Eight Floridian girls in brihtly-coloured Bikinis on the beach. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Esther Williams- American Film Actress

Esther Williams- American Film Actress
Esther Williams (1921-2013) - American competitive swimmer and Film Actress. Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as " aquamusicals

Background imageBeachwear Collection: No Peeking! A brunette lays down the law to a Peeping Tom

No Peeking! A brunette lays down the law to a Peeping Tom
No Peeking! A brunette lays down the law to an invisible onlooker, who is seemingly admiring her choice of tiny red (with black spots) beach wear and red high heeled shoes. Date: early 1940s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Fashion from the French Riviera, 1928

Fashion from the French Riviera, 1928
The Sketch features a range of stylish beachwear being sported at the spa town of Juan-les-Pins in the C� d Azur 1928

Background imageBeachwear Collection: The Belle of the Beach - Keszthely, Lake Balaton, Hungary

The Belle of the Beach - Keszthely, Lake Balaton, Hungary
Belle of the beach - A Bellboy of the Hullam Szallo Hotel provides shade for a very wealthy rather rotund female guest, promenading with her pet Scottie dog (Scottish Terrier) along the Strand (Beach)

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Bathing and pyjama parade at Cannes, 1930s

Bathing and pyjama parade at Cannes, 1930s
Page from The Sketch reporting on a Bathing and Pyjama parade at Palm Beach near Cannes in 1930, with numerous ladies showing off the ladies modes of beachwear from swimming costumes or Japanese

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Sychronised Swimming Team - sky-larking again

Sychronised Swimming Team - sky-larking again
Bournemouth, Dorset - female members of the Aquashow Sychronised Swimming Team - sky-larking again up a tree! Date: 1962

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Sychronised Swimming Team, Bournemouth - group of performers

Sychronised Swimming Team, Bournemouth - group of performers
Aquashow Sychronised Swimming Team, Bournemouth - group of male performers - some obviously in clown roles surrounding the hunky star of the show. Date: 1961

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Sychronised Swimming Team - on Syd Brookes Car

Sychronised Swimming Team - on Syd Brookes Car
Sychronised Swimming Team (" some of the Water-Babe s" ) - on Syd Brookes (possibly their manager?) Car, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, in front of the Chesterwood Hotel

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Glamorous American model in tiger-print bikini

Glamorous American model in tiger-print bikini
Glamorous American model reclining in a tiger-print two-piece bikini. Date: circa 1940s

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Summer holiday fashions from Simpson of Piccadilly

Summer holiday fashions from Simpson of Piccadilly
Advertisement for mens beachwear from Simpson of Piccadilly, showing four men wearing brightly coloured beach sets. Date: 1961

Background imageBeachwear Collection: Outdoor Fashion Accessories 1927

Outdoor Fashion Accessories 1927
New Parisian outdoor fashion accessories giving the finishing touches to the smart sportswoman - driving gloves, belt, vanity case, beach costume and sports pull-over Date: 1927



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