Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wartime Swimsuit Photos, 1945

Dick Pope was the owner of Cypress Gardens in Florida and also a photographer who did publicity shots for other Florida resorts.  Because of gasoline restrictions during WWII, Pope was forced to stop his travels throughout the state and take all of his photos at Cypress Gardens.  But without a beach or palm trees, Pope had to be innovative in his use of props.  These photos were taken in 1945.

 The photographer built a fake beach with some sand and beach grass on a wooden platform.

 Here, Pope uses a sawed off trunk of a palm tree to emulate a real one.

Who cares about the swimsuit.  I want the SHOES!!!!!!!!!

The model sits on a large stump while Pope holds a reflector to dramatically increase the sunlight.  Still want the SHOES!!!!!!!

A palm branch is held in place in a wooden contraption so the model can stand under it.


K2 said...

The behind the scenes pictures are really cool.

une femme said...

Oh yes, those SHOES!!!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

I know, the SHOES!!!!! If we ever needed proof that 70s platform shoes were inspired by the 40s, there it is.

It is fun to see behind the scenes, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

The shoes are to die for! Did the source you get the pictures from mention anything about the designer of those platforms? May I ask for the provenance of these images (magazine name and d/o/p)? Thanks in advance!

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

There was no mention of designers of any of the clothing, unfortunately. I prepare my blog posts well in advance, so can't recall an exact issue, but I believe these are from Life or Look magazine.

Anonymous said...

Oh alright, thanks anyways :-)

The Style Crone said...

I love the one piece swim suits. Very classy!

YYZ said...

Those shots are brilliant! And, just when I thought I was going to explode from the awesomeness of the swimsuits, I hit that photo with the SHOES! They are truly amazing!

Thanks for sharing those behind-the-scenes shots-- I will be using your blog post in my Media class this year. You have inspired me to challenge my eleventh graders to create similar shots! Thanks again!

Nicole said...

Wow! Those shoes are amazing!

I love vintage bathing suits. So cool and different. I feel there is so much sex appeal and class in the bathing suits from the 1940s-1960s, unlike some of the swim suits made now.

Erin said...

I LOVE 1940s swimsuits. Thinking that at some point I need to procure a pattern and make my own. You don't ever seem to have swimwear in the shop. Is it non-existant or extremely rare to find?

dahhlayne said...

I want all these bathing suits! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! He fooled me. Without your behind-the-scenes information I would have never known he used props.

Melissa said...

I love this post! Always love seeing little "secrets" and tricks used in photo shoots. especially back then!

oh, and you're right..those shoes are TO DIE FOR.

bonita said...

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Oh my word! That first suit! THOSE SHOES!!!! Just wow....

bonita of Depict This!
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Danielle Kerani said...

Love what you're doing here! I love the swimsuit pictures but namely, I love the way you organized your blogger site. It's so tasteful!

I'm writing a post about vintage fashions and I'll definitely link to you!

~Danielle Kerani

Shelly said...

Ohhh...!!! the shoes! Who'da thought they had shoes like that in the 40's. I sooo..... want them.

BTW I always enjoy your posts. Such fabulous pics.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

XYZ - That's great and thank you. I love the fact that these photos will inspire others.

Nicole - I agree with you that these swimsuits are much sexier than any you can find today.

Erin - Vintage swimwear is just one of those things I don't deal in. Pam at has the best selection on the planet.

Dahhlayne - Aren't they divine? I wish there was mention of the designers.

Melissa and Bonita - I know....THE SHOES!!!!

Danielle - Thank you! My blog designer did a great job.

Shelly - Thank you so much. I'm very glad you're here.

20thCgirl said...

I love the high waisted swim suits - they look so feminine.

Also THE SHOES. Whoever designed those was a genius - they would look right at home on some avant garde fashion show!

Kay said...

Okay, yes, THOSE SHOES!!! AH-MAZ-ZING. Dear god, McQueen, eat your heart out (wherever you are, dear boy!). They remind me of some shoes I saw in an exhibit at FIT 2 years ago. And we think we're so futuristic....some shoe designer should be snapping those up and cranking them out! Thanks for sharing this wonderful backstage look! Loved it!

alexandra grecco said...

Love these photos!

Anonymous said...

I'm always amuzed by rpoof that fashions are simply SO-OO recycled.
It only makes sense to be that way... but everything is pushed as being so 'new', modern, all-the-latest... Why can't desingers say,a nd this year I'm taking inspiration from the 1940's with There Terrific Shoes!
Who would that kill?

As always, love the post. Those swimsuits were so much more classy then... puts to shame the ones they have now, as has been said by many commentors. Totally agreed!

The Red Velvet Shoe said...

This post should be emailed to every young lady between 14 and 30 years of age to enlighten them about how covering up a bit is far more flattering to the female form than a string bikini with everything there for the gawking (unless your Gisele Bundchin). The photos are wonderful!

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