Exhibit cruises through historic fashions in Hawaii
By Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Special to the Star-Advertiser
Jan. 26, 2019
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In a photograph taken on the SS Lurline in the late 1940s, the woman on the left played cards in a white halter-necked dress with a subtle sweetheart fold-over neckline. The woman on the right modeled a Hawaiian-print dress with a slit neckline and deep cap sleeves, accessorized with matching white cowrie shell choker and bracelet.
A beachboy, right, at the Royal Hawaiian wove coconut palm fronds into fashionable hats. The beachgoer, left, wore a tapa-print cabana set. The woman wore shorts and a men’s buttoned-up aloha shirt in the late 1940s on Waikiki Beach.
Matson salesgirls in Honolulu dressed in Hawaiian holoku and muumuu. The holoku is a graceful and regal gown with a long train; the muumuu is shorter and designed for comfort.
A woman donned a halter-necked striped bathing suit made from light, waterproof Lastex (latex-coated yarn) in Waikiki in 1935. At right, a woman modeled a Joseph Magnin Co. strapless maillot swimsuit on the deck of the Matson Lines cruise ship SS Lurline, en route from San Francisco to Honolulu in late 1940s.
In Spring 1941, Matson Lines and the Royal Hawaiian hosted a fashion show in Honolulu at Liberty House department store. The program, “Aloha Hawaii, A Fabric Fashion Show,” included 26 fashions. One of the gowns, Dancing at The Royal, left, showcased a sheer bolero with long soft ripples of Celanese rayon for the skirt of the dress.