Making waves with the new swimsuits
Saturday 05 July 1997
If you want to draw attention to your erogenous zone but also hide any unsightly blubber, Splash Out, a designer swimwear company based in Sussex, will make a swimsuit to your specifications. Maureen Smyth set up the company after she left fashion college, and now specialises in unusual sizes, be it an extra-long body, extra-big cup sizes, or maternity swim and aerobic wear. Regular customers give Ms Smyth old favourites from past summers and she remakes them in a colour or fabric of their choice. Others send in designs from the pages of glossy magazines and order something similar in their size. Prices start at pounds 12 for a bikini, with the addition of a mere pounds 20 for your own special pattern. But shhh. Don't tell Gucci. (Photographs omitted) Tamsin Blanchard Splash Out (01903) 230861
Above and centre Orange cutaway swimsuit, pounds 69, by Zimmerman, from Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London SW3 Right Chocolate brown and black G-string bikini, pounds 225, by Gucci, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1; Gucci, 33 Old Bond Street, W1
Chocolate and black bandeau top bikini, pounds 265, by Gucci, from Liberty, Regent Street, W1; Gucci, 33 Old Bond Street, W1
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