Friday, 22 January 2016

Sepia Saturday 314 23/January 2016/ Early beach fashion;

Sailor suits and boats, sort of beach and fashion come into my mind.

A little history of ladies bathing suits.
in the 18th century, it was considered proper to keep the skin white and untouched by the sun. A 1797 Fashion print shows two ladies protected by face-shading bonnets, shawls and gloves as they approach a group of bathing machines, a sort of cabana on wheels. Ladies were known to sew weights into the hem of their smock-like bathing gowns to prevent the garment from floating up and showing their legs. Modesty ruled over fashion.

Mid-19th Century:
bathing dresses covered most of the female figure. These garments were highlighted in Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1864. The long bloomers exhibit the influence of Amelia Bloomer’s innovative ideas for women’s clothing. The ”turkish” pants and “paletot” dresses are made from a heavy flannel fabric surely weighing  down the swimmer.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, bathing suits were accessorized with long black stockings, lace-up bathing slippers, and fancy caps. Bathing slippers were very necessary, especially on stony beaches to protect from broken glass, oyster shells and pebbles.. These beach shoes were made of soles of twisted straw or felt with embroidered serge or crash tops and laces. They were often available at seaside places. To make a fashion statement, the wearer would add some embellishment such as a piece of scarlet braid turned into rosettes or bows. Ribbon was also added to felt shoes and crossed over the foot and ankle, then tied above it in a bow with short ends. The bathing shoes shown to the left are tied up with pink laces. Below are 1870s bathing slippers (shown right) made of white canvas trimmed with red braiding and bathing shoes (shown left) made of Turkish toweling bound with blue braid.

By the early 1920s women’s bathing suits were reduced to a one piece garment with a long top that covered shorts. Though matching stockings were still worn, vintage swimwear began to shrink and more and more flesh was exposed from the bottom of the trunks to the tops of the stockings. By the mid-1920s Vogue magazine was telling its readers that “the newest thing for the sea is a jersey bathing suit as near a maillot as the unwritten law will permit.”

Courtesy; Victoriana Magazin.

...and in the late 1950s  Italy/Marina di Massa;
La Signora Olga, il Dottore; Rosanna, Silvia, I, and Romeo di  Roma.

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Sepia Saturday 314 : 23 January 2016

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


"Summer's lease hath all too short a date." 
 Shakespeare's Sonnets

..sea and sand...

..fragrance of Abelia....

...flowering Neoregelia...

..thunder storms and rain...

..summer capriccio...wet or dry...



hot and humid...Summer

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