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Fun in the Sun - Vintage Tartan & Plaid Swimwear
The 1954 movie Brigadoon, caused a surge in the popularity of tartan patterns, even for swimwear.
1960s mini skirt plaid swimsuits - with matching belts!
Bonnie Tartan 2 piece plaid swimsuits, circa 1950s - kilt pleated skirt and plaid bloomers! "Something wonderful under the sun" Not sure what the models are holding, though.
Photography by Nina Leen, Time Magazine, 1950 Memorial Day issue, the two-piece vs. one-piece question
"When a Lassie meets a Plaidie" A kilt inspired bathing suit in the Chisholm tartan, from Bates Fabric. And it's "Sanforized"! Don't forget your Tartan Tan Lotion! Wonder how those pleats stood up in the swimming pool ...
Roxanne bathing suits - 1960. "A palette of seascape colors, transmuted into plaid." Feels like a bit of a Black (Sea) Watch tartan nod ...
1954 Jantzen Swimsuit Ad- Art by Pete Hawley
1955 Jantzen Ad
Tartan Suntan Lotion
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