Throwback Thursday: Zebra Swimsuit Barbie

I love the 1959 Barbie featuring a zebra print swimsuit and cat eye glasses.  Her look is so iconic, that I would wear it today.  Right down to the crimson lips, this girl has got it going on!

The second Barbie to be released wore a Zebra printed bathing suit.  1959

The second Barbie to be released wore a Zebra printed bathing suit.  1959

 

 

When I design each and every bathing suit, I think about silhouettes that are timeless.  In an era of fast fashion, where a person can buy a bikini top for $4.99, wear it twice and dispose, I think about how I can offer something lasting.  In fact, the very first pattern I made was inspired by my Aunt's bathing suit from the 1960's.  She wore the heck out of that thing, and today, it is still in good shape.  I wear it when the mood strikes.  How wonderful is it to have something so classic, that is not only still looks cute, but wears well?  To me, that is true fashion.

Here I am in college wearing my aunt's 1960's suit.

Here I am in college wearing my aunt's 1960's suit.