You don't take play clothes to Acapulco—you bring them back. The varied assortment presented on these pages shows why: a distinctiveness in Acapulco clothes that derives from the hand-woven fabrics of the Indians, from the colors of the flower-bright landscape, and from charro silhouettes. In Acapulco, furthermore, shorts are shorter, tight pants are tighter, and even men's Sunday trousers, which started out long, may be cropped at the calf. Several of the little shops that weave the fabrics and sell the clothes are operated by yanquis who have moved south. The yanquis have added U.S. styling and sizes. On these pages are examples of the Acapulco look, projected in playclothes from Peggy Pena, Polly Rodriguez, Jaime (for men) and Lila Bath.
Striped bathing suit with dropped waistline is worn by Sra. Hernando Sotros in gardens of the Mirador Hotel. The suit was designed and made for her by Peggy Pena.
Checked hand-woven cotton beach coat covers up bikini for Odile Grant, photographed at Playa de Hornos. Polly Rodriguez wove fabric, designed and made the coat.
Tent-shaped beach coat of awning stripes is belted over bathing suit. Gloria Mangino of Mexico City wears it in hammock at Pie de la Questa, a beach north of Acapulco.
January 28, 1957
Ruffle-skirted bathing suit of hand-woven cotton in brilliant plaid is sunning suit for Hortensia Padilla of Mexico City. Hot-pink color combination is typical of Rodriguez.
"KESKETEME," a triangular shawl that slips over the head, is worn by Indian women and is modeled here by Lourdes Carduno. Many kesketemes are wool; this one is cotton, from Lila Bath.
Waist-length fitted shirt of hand-woven cotton and "Sunday" pants of brown-and-white stripes are worn by Jaime Manuzuri, who operates most popular men's shop in town.
Mexican wedding shirt, which has already been widely copied in the U.S., is worn by Ted Stauffer of La Perla, the famous night club where boys high-dive from the rocks.