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.