From Swimwear

[Talk] History of swimwear at St Kilda Library

Are you ready for summer? I’m giving my last talk for the year on ladies swimwear, and there’s sure to be lots of inspiration for what to wear on the beach. Join Nicole Jenkins (award-winning author of Love Vintage, fashion historian and retailer) on a trip through the changing styles, fabrics and construction techniques of 20th century ladies’ swimwear. What: Talk on the history of ladies swimwear. When: 6.30 pm Wednesday November 20th Where: St Kilda library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda VIC 3182 Cost: Free but please book by phoning 9209 6655 or on the website so you don’t…

Final week of the webshop sale – Kiss Me Deadly lingerie reduced to clear

Hi all, I’ve extended the webshop sale until the end of this week, so it’s your last chance to grab some treasures at greatly reduced prices. Also included now are all the Kiss Me Deadly swimwear and the Amelie lingerie set: reduced to clear, as this will be your last chance to purchase these styles through Circa. All are available for trying on at the salon. You can see some of the styles here – click on the image to see our Kiss Me Deadly department. Limited sizes and stock available. I’ll also be further reducing vintage clothing during the…

Beach holiday in the 1930s

We’re so fortunate to live in Australia, it’s such a beautiful country and pretty good weather, especially when you consider what much of the world has to deal with. Lots of sunny days, and if you grew up here you probably have lots of beach memories – it’s a big part of our lives. I spent my first nine years in Sydney and my favourite beach was Balmoral– we went to many beaches, but Balmoral didn’t seem like a beach: more like a park with a pretty strip of sand and rockpools at the end. It seemed like we always…

New Kiss Me Deadly lingerie and swimwear

I’m pleased to report that we’ve expanded our Kiss Me Deadly lingerie and swimwear range – KMD has just won Favourite British Designer in the UK Lingerie Awards 2012. Well done to Catherine and her team: very well deserved! We love your vintage inspired lingerie. Please visit our new Kiss Me Deadly department – all styles are available either online or for fitting in the city salon, in a large range of sizes. We’ve also replenished our supplies of number one best seller, the Vargas Dress – available now in almost every size – while they last.

My Swimwear Collection

How many swimsuits do I need? Probably not as many as I have – possibly the largest collection in Australia, so I’ve decided that I should share them with the world a bit more. I’ll be keeping some extra special ones of course, but most of them will gradually be appearing in the shop and the webshop…here are some pics from an exhibition and my Wintersun vintage swimwear parade of styles that are either available now, or will be soon. Dates vary from the ’20s to the ’70s, mens, ladies, one pieces and bikinis. Sizes vary from 6 to 14.…

Bathing beauties

Just a quick one to brighten up your day – some beautiful early ’30s beach belles, complete with high heels and big smiles. Click on the image to see in full – they’re so adorable in their woollen swimsuits and silk high heel shoes. One of the ladies is even wearing ankle socks! How delightfully impractical – ah, those were the days. I found this little charmer at the live journal community adski_kafeteri – you can see more nice group shots over here.

Bumper post-Wintersun post

We had a great time at the Wintersun festival – it was a bit like the best school camp ever: but for grown ups. At our rented apartment, it was Glamour Central as Tim and I shared with the wonderful Candice and Miss Carly of the Lindy Charm School for Girls. Boy do those ladies know how to look fabulous! I’m not used to applying my lipstick before breakfast: good thing I brought spares. The week was pretty much spent hanging out with gorgeous lovely people wearing vintage clothing, and seeing wonderful ’40s and ’50s style bands, doing lots of…

First pics: Wintersun fashion parade

Our feet have hardly hit the ground since we got here on Monday – there’s been so much preparation for the parade but today the first one was one. Here are some pics by Jay Nel-McIntosh for Goldcoast.com.au. There are lots more too, and a video so stay tuned – as well, I managed to take some shots of the fabulous cars yesterday – which is lucky because today and tomorrow the hoardes have descended and you can hardly get a clear shot for all the crowds! All pics courtesy Jay Nel-McIntosh – click on each to see in full.…

[Coolangatta] Wintersun Festival 2010

I can’t believe that Wintersun starts next Friday! I’m not sure what’s happened to the year – it seemed like just last week that Mistresses Chrissy and Kim from the wonderful Lindy Charm School were inviting Circa to stage a swimwear parade and all of a sudden it’s almost here. Here are the details about the Vintage parade – it’s on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th. Fittings are being held this week in Melbourne and next week in Coolangatta, and there are plenty of fabulous styles (mens as well as ladies) from the ’20s to the ’70s –…

Pics: Ballarat Heritage Weekend Swimwear exhibition

I’ve just got back from Ballarat, from setting up the swimwear exhibition. I’m sure that you’re all going to see it this weekend (it is, after all, free entry) but in case you can’t make it, here are some pics – twenty two of my finest ladies swimsuits from the late 1920s to the 1970s, roughly in chronological order of era. Here is the info about the exhibition. It’s only on this weekend, at the Trades Hall (24 Camp Street) and there are lots of other fabulous things happening so I encourage you to make the trip, if you’re not…