Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Seaside Dreamin'

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the lecture at Phoenix Art Museum presented by Caroline Milbank, author of the new book Resort Fashion: Style in Sun-DrenchedClimates.

The book is pretty self explanatory; it’s all about the emergence of resort fashion and the lifestyle that accompanies it. Divided up into categories like Breton stripes, “beach pajamas,” whites, and many more, Ms. Milbank explores the history of resort fashion beginning in the 19th c. and its rise as its own runway season.
You can tribute your Breton stripes to Coco Chanel

The book is like a stay-cation for the eyes. Ms. Milbank says she wrote it for the recession. She thought a book all about vacation might make all of us tightening our wallets feel like we’re on vacation on a beautiful beach. Jokingly she stated the original working title was “everything I learned while writing about summer vacation.”

Two of the many bathing suits freatured in The Sea exhibition

Growing up in Arizona almost my entire wardrobe can be described as “resort wear” so I have a special appreciation for this book.

If you’re looking for an escape from the summertime blues, are curious about where your trendy midriff-dress came from or maybe you’re looking for a great gift for your stylish friend's coffee table, I highly recommend this book!


Some fabulous "beach pajamas"

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