Norma Kamali’s 1920’s-Inspired Swimsuit
Published: October 2010
By Jennifer Alfano
Looking for a suit that will make a splash? The Norma Kamali maillot is a modern classic.
If there is such a thing as a universally flattering swimsuit, it’s the Norma Kamali maillot. Since 1968, the airline agent turned fashion innovator has been taking atypical materials (parachutes; FedEx Tyvek envelopes) and transforming them into timelessly modern—and travel-friendly—designs. Today, Kamali is best known for her swimwear. Take this retro maillot—reminiscent of the 1920’s one-pieces that were created more for lounging à la plage than actual swimming, and popularized in 1950’s Hollywood by the likes of Janet Leigh and Marilyn Monroe. Kamali’s version is cut from a high-tech Japanese jersey that dries quickly, with strategic ruching that highlights all the right places. Who wouldn’t feel like a silver-screen siren wearing it poolside at the Beverly Hills Hotel or lunching at La Fontelina in Capri?