Friday, March 15, 2013

Inspiration: vintage playclothes

Image # 1: A stunning Lauren Bacall wearing a Carolyn Schnurer turnout of a navy off-the-shoulder, bare-midriff top and brown shorts.  Photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1945.

Image # 2: Two models peering into the stable at the Tijuca, Brazil, plantation of Raimundo Castro, one in a Carolyn Schnurer playdress of rayon with matching shorts underneath, the other in kilt and bra-to outfit in rayon by Duchess Royal. Photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, May 1946.

Image # 3: This Carolyn Schnurer shorts outfit appeared on a 1950 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Based on a djellabah, the top was made of white oxford cloth with white cord passementerie. Hat by Mr. John, Vera scarf. Photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe in Tunisia.

Image # 4: This couture ensemble, designed by Mme. Grès, was made with an abbreviated top, just-below-the-knee trousers, and knife-pleated overskirt. Photographed in Tunisia by Louise Dahl-Wolfe for Harper’s Bazaar, 1950.

All images scanned by me from Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-Drenched Climates, Caroline Rennolds Milbank. Rizzoli, NY.


  1. those are all really awesome. i could see you in each and every one of these. and speaking of seeing you, i saw a pic of you on free people's blog from the rose bowl flea market :D


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