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vintage 1940's playsuit ...rare JANTZEN plaid 3pc shorts skirt & top playsuit

vintage 1940's playsuit ...rare JANTZEN plaid 3pc shorts skirt & top playsuit

Regular price $678.00 USD
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true vintage RARE late 1940's -early 1950's JANTZEN plaid 3 piece playsuit shorts, wrap skirt, & top

the best red PLAID cotton fabric (from europe) we've ever seen!

possibly designed by Louella Ballerino as she designed similar sets under her own label.

rare to find all 3 pieces together and in the same excellent condition with vibrant and saturated colors... beautiful together on a special holiday, or wear them separately through the seasons in so many ways

Jantzen began as the Portland Knitting Company, founded in 1910 by Carl Jantzen and John and Roy Zehntbauer. In the first years of the company, they produced mainly heavy wool sweaters, gloves and socks. By 1918 they were making a very popular unisex swimming suit, and the company changed its name to Jantzen Knitting Mills.

In 1920, a logo was added to the swimming suit – a diving girl in a red swimsuit. This became the Jantzen trademark. As styles changed, so did the red diving girl, and the style of her suit can be a hint as to the age of the garment.

In the mid 1920s the Jantzen girl donned her cap and stockings. In the 1930s-40s the figure became more streamlined, her swimsuit became a bit shorter and the stripes are gone from the legs. The Jantzen insignia logo is embroidered on the front of her suit in the 1930’s. In 1948 the logo insignia is gone and the Jantzen diving girl has become a bit more streamlined and her suit becomes strapless.

Through the 1920s and 1930s, Jantzen refined their basic swimsuit into the modern bathing suit. Swimwear continued to be the most important part of their business, but in 1939 they expanded into foundations, and in 1940 they introduced a line of sportswear. During the mid and late 1940s, Louella Ballerino did collections for Jantzen. In 1954, the company again changed its name, this time to Jantzen Inc.

(courtesy of vfg)



  • classic pin-up silhouette with a high waist and figure flattering cut
  • skirt is wrap style so very flexible in sizing
  • top is convertible with a halter strap and elasticized back strap
  • shorts are high waisted with a back metal zipper and cuffs

*accessories NOT inlcuded



Measurements given are ''actual'' measurements of the item taken from the outside of the garment. Please consider your individual comfort and compare measurements accordingly. For more information regarding our sizing, or measurement process please review our



skirt, labeled a M

waist band (not including straps- 24-40", length-31"


top, labeled a vintage size 16 (and easily altered to fit by adding to the back strap)

bust-36-38" +cup space



shorts, labeled a vintage size 18 (significant seam allowance if needed)

waist-30", hips-40-42", rise-14.5", inseam-2.5"


excellent - some writing on labels (possibly preserved in a studio wardrobe). tiny translucent spot near wrapped edge of skirt (may easily lift with cleaning). price adjusted accordingly.


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