Friday, 27 February 2015

Knitted 1930s Swinsuit

At half term we went into London to visit the V&A. It is a huge museum, but you might have been able to predict that we started in fashion. Then for no real reason we wandered into the Japanese section, followed by ironwork, jewellery and then up to the top where there was an interactive room where we were the only visitors. There we tried on a crinoline, squeeze into a corset, and built our own version of Crystal Place. There was so much to see that it warrants some more visits. 

So rather than swamp you with photos I will just show you my favourite item. This is also to make up for the lack of knitwear on my blog recently. 

This knitted swinsuit must have been the height of fashion in the 1930s. It was made by Neyret, a French designer, and bought in Galeries Lafayette in Regent Street, London. It is really cleverly constructed, and in the reflection you can see the stylish navy side stripe.  I love it. Eat your heart out Madonna.


  1. Hmmmm but I wonder what happens to the lovely shaped woollen features when wet?!?!

  2. Fab costume, my husband would be interested to see it after it came out of the sea - We would have to be on a very deserted beach!

  3. I went to the V&A in 2013. I tried to do it all in one day. Impossible of course, but an aboslutely amazing place. I love your swimsuit photo. We wore knitted bikinis back in the 70s. I shudder to think about it now.

  4. This is beautiful, I will try go down to have a look at some point soon.

  5. LOL. I thought of Madonna too when I saw your photo! That's an amazing swimsuit. Are you going to try to knit one yourself? I have visited London once, but we didn't make it to the V&A. Next time we'll set aside a couple of days to spend there.
    Sandy @ TEXAS TWANG

    1. I don't think so, as I think there might be a problem with sag. I am thinking of designing a garment, but thought I might start of with something small like a baby cardigan.

  6. Very fashionable, even today, and quite sexy too! Thank you, Ginny, for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #167!

  7. Oh boy ... those pointy boobs are just too much!LOL!

  8. A knitted swimsuit sounds very interesting :). It seems a bit impractical with the wool and everything but I would love to see it