Saturday, 7 June 2014

Swimwear then and now

A selection of the best S/S 2014 swimwear - and the vintage designs that inspired them, from Brigitte Bardot's floral bikini to Bettie Page's leopard-print bathing suit. Enjoy. 

Dorian Leigh photographed by John Rawlings, 1948

Caruso swimsuit by Violet Lake

Strapless Givenchy swimsuit, Vogue July 1953

Swimsuit by Norma Kamali, from Net-a-Porter

Bettina on the cover of Vogue Paris, 1953

Brigitte Bardot

Vogue Turkey, June 2014 

The bikini on the cover is Dolce & Gabbana. This orange blossom swimsuit is available from Net-a-Porter


Photograph by Louise Dahl Wolfe, 1946

Pink swimshirt in Vogue, 1953



Miami, c.1950s

Cleopatra bikini by Huit from Figleaves

Veruschka in Itapoa, Brazil 1968

Kate Moss in a bikini by Rosamosario

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Bettie Page

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Jena one-shoulder swimsuit by Miraclesuit

Marilyn Monroe

Ursula Andress-inspired bikini from Heidi Klein


Backgammon in the pool. Photograph by Slim Aarons

Raquel Welch

Socialite C Z Guest at home, 1955

Photograph from the 1970 Pirelli calendar

Swimsuit by Eres

Swimsuits in Nova Magazine, 1975. Image from MPP

Photograph by Slim Aarons

Swimsuit by La Perla 

1970s supermodel Veruschka

Jerry Hall photographed by Norman Parkinson, 1975

Grace Kelly with her children in Montego Bay, 1967

We have a vintage embellished kaftan in stock, perfect for poolside. To view in our online boutique please click here


Princess Margaret in Mustique

Photograph by Slim Aarons, 1970

Leaf-print swimsuit by Seafolly from John Lewis

The now-ubiquitous palm print is inspired by the 'Martinique' wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel, designed by Don Loper in 1942. 

Cafe inside the Beverly Hills Hotel

Bikini by House of Hackney

Socialite Alice Topping, 1959

Swimsuit by Givenchy, 1953

Bikini by Melissa Odabash from Matches

To view our full selection of vintage poolside and beachwear, please click on this link. All online purchases include a Juno Says Hello scented candle in our new amber and hibiscus fragrance.

Sean. Just because.

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