Michael Phelps has space-age materials to go splish-splashing in, but vintage enthusiasts Heidi & Joe model the predecessors to the Speedo LZR fast suit.
The materials? Organic & all-natural, you know, kind of like the sheep which grew the wool. Yes, wool in summer — how’s that for being a slave to fashion?
Heidi Rosenau, center, is shown with other bathing beauties during the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Governor’s Island, NY. She is wearing traditional-style bathing slippers and socks along with an original wool swimsuit, circa. 1925.
(Photo by Don Spiro)
“No, I don’t usually go to the beach in a wool suit, but I wore it through part of that afternoon and was pleasantly surprised at how non-itchy it was.” ~Heidi Rosenau
Heidi is shown above (and below) with her husband, Joe McGlynn, at another vintage Governor’s Island event, where she is decked out in a 1932-33 beach resort-wear outfit in all cotton — “thank goodness,” says Heidi, who emphasizes that the matching hat is the key to the whole outfit.
“I DO wear this kind of thing on weekends, just as my grandmother did in 1933. Seriously — good coverage, washable, and a bold sense of style with the wide legs.”
In “hot weather togs”, Joe and Heidi are at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.
I’m in a 1940 cotton playsuit, and Joe’s got on a pair of 1970s-does-1920s shorts and tank.
A big round of applause for Heidi and Joe for sharing passion for authentic vintage beach wear with us. The pair are often seen around the United States competing in swing dancing events, causing a stir at living history events or cutting a rug socially — but always dressed to the nines and you can bet that everything is original. Such a treat!
How do Heidi & Joe compare to the original vintage bathing beauties in yesterday’s post? (comment below)
Coming tomorrow: My Top 10 List of Vintage & Retro Swim Suits!