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1950s-style swimsuit by Gabar.
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Gabar is an American company which has been making and exporting swimsuits since the late forties or fifties; today, their costumes look much as they always have, because they are designed to flatter the female form, which makes it difficult to date this vintage-styles costume with any accuracy.

This swimdress is constructed from two fabrics: the outer is man-made, silky and crease resistant in a bright floral pattern of pink, greens, purple and white; it is lined throughout in a matching green cotton. The integral hsorts are made from the cotton; they will not usually show under the dress, which has a fixed wrap front.

The bodice is boned, and has ruched panels on either side as far as the waist to ensure the perfect fit; the colour in this pictures is also about as close to perfect as the camera can make it! There are two narrow straps at the bodice, adjustable with buttons, and a rear zip fastening.

There are a number of labels, including the 'Gabar - New York' one, and washing instructions; the size is given as 12 (which is, I think, eqivalent to a UK 16), and the garment is made by the Ladies Garment Workers' Union.

It is, as far as I can see, in perfect, even unworn, condition, and measures approximately bust just 38 inches (96 cms), waist 28 inches (71 cms), hips 40 inches (101 cms), length 19 inches (48 cms); measurements taken flat, unstretched, and doubled if appropriate. If you would like any further information, please just ask!


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