14 thoughts on “Swimsuit Fashions via the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  1. No wonder women were lowered into the water using the bathing carts/caravan/wagon. With all their clothes it’s a wonder they could move.*I text tongue firmly planted in my cheeks* On the whole, I like the bathing suits, but I wonder if the suffragettes had a different look?
    BTW are you podcasting Victoria when PBS airs it?

  2. I love Collen Atwood. She blows me away every single time. Pretty much whenever I see a costume drama / fantasy film that makes me squeal with joy, it’s her work. I love how incredibly detailed all of it is. *sigh*

  3. Can you *imagine* trying to swim in that get-up? Listen, I’ve never been a fan of itsy-bitsy women’s swimwear, but getting sodden on multiple levels of wet wool(?) in the surf is almost certainly a recipe for drowning.

    I think there was a perfect epicenter of acceptable women’s swimwear in the 1950’s. Even if you had the gumption (and tummy) to go for a 2 piece, the briefs didn’t have your ass cheeks hanging out.

    1. In the Olympics in the ’20s and ’30s, the women’s swimsuits were made of wool and absorbed a tremendous amount of water, so they were never able to turn in the kind of performances we see no only now, but even the kind that happened in the ’40s and ’50s.

      It’s amazing that none of the early swimmers drowned.

    2. Seriously. I was looking at all the Olympic gymnasts and saying “all their leotards make them look like they have ass creep/impending wedgie!”

      1. Well, yes. Now it’s at the other extreme—for swimmers as well. And the tribute to the host country per the Brazilians.

  4. I don’t care what anyone says: Johnny Depp is & always will be the hotness!! I loved the whole goth Victorian vibe throughout this whole movie & thought HBC & JD had great chemistry too.

    I LOVE musicals & this movie was my 1st time ever being introduced to the story or the music. Unfortunately, while I loved the movie & its look, only 1 song got me: the song Johnny sings nearer the beginning, when he’s envisioning how he’ll “use” his razors & barbershop to exact his revenge. If that was his real voice(thinking it was since he’s in a band in real life,) he sung it very well!

    1. You need to see the PBS recording of the stage Sweeney, with Angela Lansbury and George Hearn. The movie is a joke.

  5. I have recently made both male and female bathing suits from 1887 and we love them! easy to swim in, dry fast, comfy to wear and they look brilliant. and since it covered us from the sun, we were not too hot either. I was impressed by the funky cap – protects both the face and the nape! my staple beach outfit now:-)

  6. I used to wear a men’s unitard for a bathing suit. Now I wear a since one piece, but I still miss my unitard. It was so comfy

  7. I almost never swim (at the beach) wearing a “modern” swimsuit only (and if I do, it’s not two-piece, that’s for sure), I usually wear a tunic or at least a t-shirt on top: first, I don’t get sunburnt (that sunscreen doesn’t help beyond a certain point) and second, the water is usually very cold! In a 18 degrees celsius sea it’s no wonder ladies and gents in their skimpy suits last only a couple of minutes at most, haha. To be fair, I don’t swim in wool, usually cotton. And on top of that, I usually wear a turban draped over my head (against the sun and wind), my favorite accessory. Which brought me in a roundabout way to the disgraceful recent French seaside burkini ban. On top of it being ridiculous to ban a burkini outright, don’t they realize their ancestors showed that same little amount of skin too? I’m not a prude, and I certainly think it’s great women have a choice to wear as little a bikini as they want (and for men, speedos, haha), but sometimes the choice to wear a little more is treated as suspect…

  8. I live in NW Florida. I can’t imagine being at the beach, in wool, in the summer. I can’t figure out how they didn’t die of heat stroke. I get why people don’t wear a lot now. In the summer, the water itself is usually in the 80s.

  9. Hey do you know where I could get one of these Male suits just the like one in the movie?

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