Photo Diary: California Design at LACMA.

OMFG, yes: lobster swimsuits by Mary Ann DeWeese, on view at LACMA as part of the California Design show.

The Avanti, designed in 1961 by Raymond Loewy. I would wear my lobster swimsuit while I drove this around.

A pamphlet advertising the City of Lakewood — L.A.’s first planned community. Speaking of which, if you haven’t read D.J. Waldie’s Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir, then get on it. He covers this very subject.

Wish they’d had these in the gift shop. I’d look so grand in a pair of 1940 hostess pajamas designed by Addie Masters.

I would wear them while lounging in front of this 1941 sombrero textile. I mean, seriously! This is making me covet a little Spanish revival architectural number to go with.

And guess what I’d have parked in the driveway? This little 1936 Clipper courtesy of Airstream.

And when I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, I’d be wearing this little number: The 1942 “Swoon Suit” by Margaret Fellegi.

Or perhaps this two-piece dress from 1950 by Gilbert Adrian. The sort of thing that goes with some sort of citrus-and-rye cocktail.

Okay, so maybe California design wasn’t all retro cool. See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak to the FBI by Fujiye Fujikawa, c. 1942.

California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way is on view at LACMA through June 3, 2012.


One comment

  1. Doug C.

    The Addie Masters dress is incredible, amazing colors. No small irony that the See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak to the FBI poster appears to be done by someone of Japanese decent, in 1942,the year of internment for Japanese-Americans.