Interesting Stuff

Labor Day often symbolizes the end of summer, but we aren’t quite ready for it to end just yet.  Take a look at these bathing suits and see how much styles have changed.

Black Cotton Bathing Suit, 1915

This black cotton bathing suit has built-in bloomers, a sailor collar, and a detachable skirt.  There are four buttons down the front with black and cream ribbon edging.

Green Shirred Bathing Suit, Late 1930s

This green bathing suit is made of 100% nylon lastex.  Lastex is a material with an elastic core wrapped with thread, in this case, nylon thread.  The shirred bodice has stays throughout the top, giving the suit a rigid structure.  The halter suit also includes a zipper closure up the back.

Yellow Bathing Suit with Clothes-Pin Fabric, 1953

This cotton yellow bathing suit is most noticeable for its bright color and graphic fabric featuring a repeating clothes-pin pattern. It has a sweetheart neckline, adjustable straps, a smocked back, and ruffles through the neckline and hips.


Object of the Day

Natural Cotton Woven Dress, 1939

This dress was made from material woven in the Textile Engineering Department at Texas Tech and was made into a dress by Delilah Manire in 1939. This simple natural cotton dress has “Texas Tech Red Raiders” woven in half-red & half-black letters forming a three and a half inch striped effect.  The dress is cut on the bias creating a diagonal design around the garment, with the neck cut in a plain V, and having lightly gathered short sleeves.