Rare Swanky Modes swimwear vintage 1970s bombshell 1950s style gold swimsuit

$101.23

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Vintage from the 1970s

Swanky Modes are one of my favourite quirky Seventies boutique brands, specialising in body-conscious stretch fabrics and unusual silhouettes and cut outs. They were really doing what we see as 'Eighties' style well before anyone else, and were much more influential than they get credit for these days. This is a rare piece of their swimwear, probably designed more for posing than for swimming, in a thick gold stretch satin-look synthetic. Clearly influenced by 1950s swimwear, this is a classic example of the late Seventies trend for the Fifties look - and is a classic pin-up, bombshell look with its ruched halter neckline and seamed shaping. The fabric is a very sturdy satin-like synthetic.

Measurements:

Hard to measure because of style and stretch but approx UK10

Bust measures 30" unstretched and stretches up to approx 36" - Waist is 20" unstretched and stretches up to approx 28" - Hips measure 30" unstretched and stretches up to approx 36"

Fabric:

Tactel/Lycra

Condition:

Some picks to the fabric, and some frays in some stress points (see photos). None of the frays are actually holes yet, because the fabric is so thick and sturdy, but they are clearly stress points so I would advise just being aware and careful not to overstretch. Some areas of missing stitching. Sold as vintage.
Swanky Modes are one of my favourite quirky Seventies boutique brands, specialising in body-conscious stretch fabrics and unusual silhouettes and cut outs. They were really doing what we see as 'Eighties' style well before anyone else, and were much more influential than they get credit for these days. This is a rare piece of their swimwear, probably designed more for posing than for swimming, in a thick gold stretch satin-look synthetic. Clearly influenced by 1950s swimwear, this is a classic example of the late Seventies trend for the Fifties look - and is a classic pin-up, bombshell look with its ruched halter neckline and seamed shaping. The fabric is a very sturdy satin-like synthetic.

Measurements:

Hard to measure because of style and stretch but approx UK10

Bust measures 30" unstretched and stretches up to approx 36" - Waist is 20" unstretched and stretches up to approx 28" - Hips measure 30" unstretched and stretches up to approx 36"

Fabric:

Tactel/Lycra

Condition:

Some picks to the fabric, and some frays in some stress points (see photos). None of the frays are actually holes yet, because the fabric is so thick and sturdy, but they are clearly stress points so I would advise just being aware and careful not to overstretch. Some areas of missing stitching. Sold as vintage.

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