Old Hollywood Awaits

August 10, 2012 |

The glamour that once was is actually still right under our noses. When you are within the private walls of the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St., you feel like you stepped into the screen of a Technicolor film. It’s complete with lush gardens, charming vintage patio furniture, bright sunshine, sophistication, and that quiet peace that only the desert can provide.

The resurface of flattering vintage bathing suit styles from the 1950s in modern fashion, not only makes my grandmother proud, but apparently designers like Miuccia Prada and Dolce & Gabbana have the soft spot for the look too – as we saw homage to the timeless suit, strut down the spring 2012 runways and in editorials over and over again.

For the aesthetic of a summer style shared with the Arizona Inn, we had to take the bathing suits back to the demure hint of flirt, back to the gracious era that once was, bathing caps and all. There is an inner bathing beauty in all of us, so find her (and her bathing suit) and make a date poolside at the Inn. Order a refreshing summer cocktail and tell them I sent you! You will feel like a starlet in her own motion picture and in her own little corner of happiness!

Who says that you can’t play croquet in your bathing suit?


Credits – Photography: fotovitamina. Creative Director & Fashion Stylist: Sydney Ballesteros. Producer: Demion Clinco, Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. Makeup: Tangie Duffey. Models: Aimee C., Ana Victoria Contreras and Ben Ryan. Wardrobe: Black Cat Vintage, Desert Vintage. Location: Arizona Inn


*These photographs are part of a 2013 twelve month calendar series that was documented for the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation. The calendar will display the art of mixing historic Tucson landmarks and buildings with locally sourced vintage fashion and will be available for sale in the early fall of 2012.