Sweet Disorder Vintage

Rare 1950s Gold Lace Mermaid Swimsuit By DeWeese Designs

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Stunning 1950s gold lace mermaid swimsuit by DeWeese Designs. Fab scallloped shell shaped cups, ruching through the body for shaping and a classic low cut leg. The fabric is gorgeous gold metallic lace with bright gold metallic piping on the cups. Even the strap fittings are luxe metallic gold. The suit is beautifully constructed with an inner shelf bra and boning at the sides of the bra for shaping. The cups are a classic 50s silhouette, the hard plastic mannequin doesn't do them full justice. The straps hook on in the front of the cups and are detachable for perfect tan lines. Back of the suit is entirely ruched for a flawless fit. Divine!

"Mary Ann DeWeese spent twelve years as head designer for Catalina, where she received world-wide acclaim as a designer.

She worked with top studio designers on suits for the stars and for many years designed the swimsuits worn in the Miss America pageant. She also worked with Schiaparelli. Mary Ann was credited with such innovations as texture use, including Jacquard knits and appliquéd stretch cottons. She also introduced “sweetheart” matching swimwear and sportswear for men and women.

Having reached peaked success with Catalina she decided to launch her own company in 1951, called “DeWeese Designs,” turning out high-fashion swimsuits and sundresses", according to The Vintage Fashion Guild site. 

Flat Measurements

Chest armpit to armpit stretches to 16.5" max. Each cup measures 7.5" across and 7" high.

Waist stretches to 14" max

Hip stretches to 18" max

Length 22" excluding straps, stretches to 28" due to the ruching. Straps are adjustable.

Best fits sizes XS-S.

Label: DeWeese Designs

Material: Synthetic metallic lace and nylon

This rare 1950s metallic gold lace swimsuit is in very good condition with no flaws. The elastic is springy and there are no breaks in the lace. The inner linings are spotlessly clean. Fresh and ready to wear. This 1950s DeWeese designs swimsuit is over 60 years old and truly breathtaking.

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size xs small medium large xl
bust 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42
waist 22-24 24-26 26-28 28-30 30-32
hips 32-34 34-36 36-38 38-40 40-42


The flat measurements in the product description are the actual measurements of the garment when laid flat. Double the chest, waist and hip measurements for an idea of fit. Please remember to allow a little "space" in a garment beyond your body measurements for ease and a good fit.

If you are uncertain about fit you can measure a similar garment you own that fits you well and compare the measurements with the product. You can use the image below as a guide.


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