Swimsuits 1955

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    Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Sent for rewashing - dirt on neg. Will be retransferred.

    C/U of a woman's legs as she walks up a small flight of free-standing steps. She stands on top of the steps and the camera pans up her body. She wears a white strapless swimsuit and stands at the top of the steps posing for the camera. She is model "Brenda Mee".

    L/S of group of people standing beside tables laden down with rolls of fabric. Designer Major Du Cross (or Du Cros or Ducros?) approaches Brenda with fabric for his latest design "Vice-Versa". It is a reversible swimsuit. The piece of fabric is pinned around Brenda's body. C/U of the fabric being pinned. L/S of Major Du Cross looking at the fabric on the model and making a note on a drawing of the swimsuit. L/S of another model - Patti Morgan - stepping up onto the podium. Major Du Cross approaches her with some green fabric. The models help the designer to visualise the finished garment.

    M/S of Herida May wearing an elastic gingham check swimsuit with matching top and bloomer pants. A seamstress pins part of the bloomer pants to the main body of the swimsuit. L/S of Patti holding two types of fabric across her body. Another type of fabric is draped around her. Narrator explains that her costume is called "Confetti" and is deep-boned with slit pockets. It has a side zip fastening. C/U of the fabric, camera tilts up to extreme C/U of the model's face - outrageous make up! Great eyebrows and beauty spot!

    L/S of Herida stepping into the matching skirt for her gingham number - the outfit is called "Frivolite". M/S of another model approaching the camera in a blue swimsuit. Patti follows her in a lizard print swimsuit. The straps can be undone and worn across the chest, or fastened around the neck - Patti demonstrates.

    See separate explanation record CP 001: 'International Pictorials'.

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    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1955
    Sound:
    Sound
    Media URN:
    15478
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    25.11
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration
    00:02:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:22:03:00 / 01:24:20:00
    Canister:
    CP 002 Dom
    Sort Number:
    CP 002 Domestic
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  • Brenda Mee seen here was Miss Great Britain in 1953, and was also a British entrant in Miss World 1951 and 1953.

    jamied 18th Jun 2012

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