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The Fascinating History of Bathing Suits

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The Fascinating History of Bathing Suits

Bathing is a sport enjoyed by great and small in suits of any sort, though better none at all (anonymous, 19th century poem). It was in the early 1800's that people began to flock to the beaches for seaside amusement. Along with this new outdoor pastime came the need for a stylish garment for the privileged lady of fashion. Here we will follow the path of the history of swimwear, which began long before the modern day bikini. 18th Century: Although sea bathing was fashionable in the 18th century, it was considered proper to keep the skin white and untouched...

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The Real Inspiration Behind the 1950s Pin Up Poster Girls

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The Real Inspiration Behind the 1950s Pin Up Poster Girls

Artist and illustrator Gil Elvgren (1914-1980) was famous for his Fifties pin up poster and calendar illustrations, all featuring saucy women batting their eyelashes, pouting their lips and provacatively lifting their skirts to the camera.  With their wide eyes, D-Cup breasts, tiny waists and perfect hair, it may seem that these sultry seductresses were conjured by Elvgren's imagination.  But, the poster girls were modelled after real women, with a bit of tweaking! Posing for Elvgren would significantly boost a model's career, as his illustrations were contracted by advertising agencies and published widely in advertisements, posters and calendars.  Various Hollywood starlets...

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Just what is the Rockabilly Look?

Just what is the Rockabilly Look?

Just what is the Rockabilly Look - A brief fashion history. We already know that the rockabilly fashion is one we adore. The Betty Page form-fitting rockabilly dresses, high-waisted jeans and bold colours and patterns that make the wearer stand out. But where did this iconic look come from? It all started with rockabilly music.  The term rockabilly is actually a combination of 'rock and roll' and 'hillbilly', signifying the style's early combination of rock and country western sounds.  This genre was made popular by famous rockers like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash in the 1950's, when the post WWII...

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