50s Jantzen Swim Suit Vintage Vintage Bombshell Winged Bust Fins M
Wowza, what a great vintage bombshell swimsuit, perfect for lounging poolside at Viva las Vegas or any other Rockabilly event! The bathing suit is fitted, somewhat like a maillot, with a horizontally tucked modesty panel in front. The bust is shaped with fantastic origami-like pleating that creates a shelf bust with wings or fins. A pair of self fabric straps with adjustable sliders attach front and back, so can be worn in a variety of positions or completely removed for sunning.The suit is unlined, and without a built-in bra.
Labeled 38. Measurements taken without stretching, although the suit has quite a bit of "give". It was not pinned on my spokesmodel - she usually wears a modern 2-4. As an example of stretch, the waist easily goes to 28".
|Length from top of suit where strap attaches to bust||21.75"||55.25|
Heavy stretch fabric in a faille-like weave, a bit silky to the touch. Original color is a soft gray/purple.
Jantzen, made in USA. The suit has the iconic Jantzen Diving Girl logo at the left lower hip.
A Talon brass metal zipper down the back with a pair of heavy hooks & eyes inside a few inches from the top.
The fabric feels strong and solid. There is some color turn along some of the margins (and very subtly over the abdomen) to a pinker shade of gray, probably partly from body heat and partly from pool chemicals - see closeups. The bodice most likely had built-in bra cups at one time - there is a double layer of suit fabric in front, so the bust still has some structure. A former owner did some hand stitching along the upper edge of the back of the suit to replace an inch of machine stitching on either side - see other closeup. This does not affect the wearability or structure.
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