Rose Marie Reid gold swimsuit with double straps, 1958

Not only is swimwear inspired by eveningwear, but the same has happened in reverse. In 2008, Zambesi’s Elisabeth Findlay used a gold vintage Rose Marie Reid swimsuit as inspiration for an intricately cut stretch dress in her collection. Alluding to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio, home of the Hollywood musical in the 1940s and 50s, she called it 'The MGM Dress'. It is styled with a vintage cream swim cap with star motif.


Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Margo Barton
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Rose Marie Reid
Maker: Holeproof
Manufacturing location: New Zealand
Garment type: Swimsuit
Material: Rayon with lastex
Features: In an advertisement in Vogue New Zealand, summer 1958 issue, this suit was part of a collection titled, Crown Jewels of the Sea, and was named, Copa de Oro.
Colour: Gold metallic
Exhibition: At the Beach
Label: Rose Marie Reid of California
Date: 1958