Last year ArtDuh.com invented a half-assed celebration called “Bikini Awareness Month,” AKA B.A.M. I love to make bikinis so much that we are continuing to celebrate this non-existent holiday again. I’ve made three new designs this year and the 65th anniversary of the bikini’s invention seemed like a great excuse to share them.
Number 1 – The Kennedy
This bikini was designed to grace the gorgeous bod of Princess Kennedy in the 2011 Gay PRIDE Parade. Our float, hosted by SLUG Magazine, took first place! It is made from cotton I dyed by hand at Pioneer Craft House in a rainbow of prideful colors. One breast is extroverted, adorned with out-going and popular popcorn stitches to represent the fun-loving lifestyle of a PRIDE princess. The other breast is more introverted, lacy and keeping maybe a little taste of her overwhelming sexuality to herself. The bottom is a lace garter belt adorned with triangles on the corners. However, a single hip is graced with a blossoming flower to symbolize coming out, embracing one’s inner beauty and learning to love the real you found deep inside. The private areas are covered with tidy whiteys, made over in a bright color, to represent childhood. I know you can’t take it all in with a single glance, but to me, this bikini is the past, present and future of a treasure of our GLBTQ community.
Number 2 – The Marilyn
Designed for my friend Marilyn Golightly, this bikini has shapes and colors you will remember from the 1950s with all the aggressive sex appeal of 2011. If you like it, come see me at Craft Lake City. My booth will be stocked with string bikinis in this 50s style in a variety of colors and sizes. However, the cream and gold version of this bikini is for Marilyn exclusively. Marilyn brought the hair, makeup, modeling experience and amazing legs, as well as an awesome photographer, Aaron Michael Woods who took most of these photos.
Bikini Number 3 – The Farah
No Hairah Faucett (a.k.a. Blossom Bottom) likes the color blue, so a variegated and simple crocheted string bikini top paired with hot pants from Consignment Circuit became the look to outfit her for the 1970s. A twisty gold necklace provides a touch of the exotic, and No Hairah and I teamed up on hair and makeup. However, I can’t take credit for the amazing legs, or the darling ginger toddler that fell for her hard and stole the show when we showed these outfits at the Utah Arts Alliance’s Craft Lake City and Connect party.
I want to thank Kennedy, Marilyn and No Hairah for being my inspiration. I can’t make an outfit without knowing who will wear it, since I design every component to represent that personality, story and moment in time. These three are among the most beautiful and gifted models I have ever worked with.
Long live the bikini! Until next July!