The Costume Collection: Swimwear

Had a wonderful time at Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection yesterday – many thanks to Loel for sharing her collection, and everyone who could join me.

Took many photos, and it’s hard to choose which to post, so shall bring them to you in sections according to category. The first one is appropriate as we consider the impending Spring and Summer: swimwear. Loel has set up a collection of men’s and ladies swimwear from the turn of the twentieth century to the 1970s – I especially like the way she’s accessorised everything!

Swimwear Display

Come inside for closer shots of some of my favourite bathing suits.
Edwardian cotton – this would have been worn with wool or cotton stockings and rubber shoes:
Edwardian bathing suit

1930s knitted wool:
30s bathing suit

1940s – knitted wool
40s bathing suit

A group of cotton 1950s bathing suits:
50s bathing suit

One of the ’50s suits:
50s bathing suit - 3


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