Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Art Institute of Portland: 100 Years of Glamour

Jantzen is teaming up with the Art Institute of Portland in its hometown to celebrate 100 Years of Timeless Glamour. The Institute will be showcasing our archival suits as well as the 2010 Heritage Collection. In addition to nostalgic suits, imagery, celebrity advertisements, and accessories will be on display highlighting Jantzen’s evolution, as well as our own iconic 21-foot fiberglass Diving Girl.

This fabulous display of our history kicked off last Thursday night with a special opening reception. Guests got to check out the new exhibition for the first time and met Jantzen Archivist Carol Alhadeff and Faculty Curator Annin Barrett. The exhibit tells the story of Jantzen’s leadership both in swimwear and fashion marketing from 1910 to today, and will be on view through the end of April.

Carol Alhadeff and Annin Barrett

Come see us at the Art Institute of Portland Gallery: 1122 NW Davis Street (Between 11th and 12th). Hours: Mon – Thurs, 9 am – 6 pm; Fri, 9 am – 4 pm; Sat, 9 am – 2 pm

Friday, March 5, 2010

Zehntbauer Sisters Visit Jantzen Headquarters

Jantzen welcomed special guests this week, the Zehntbauer sisters. Evelyn, 95, and Jane, 90, are daughters of Roy Zehntbauer, who co-founded the brand with Carl Jantzen. They visited the Jantzen headquarters in Portland on Wednesday – the same office the brand has inhabited since 1929. The sisters were in attendance to help shoot a promotional short video for the Art Institute of Portland, which is hosting an exhibit showcasing Jantzen’s timeless glamour throughout the past decades. Jantzen, celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, will have archives and nostalgic pieces on display now through April 30th.

The Jantzen video will highlight the heritage of our brand and its history – displaying images from the first five decades. Evelyn and Jane were nice enough to join us in the celebration and we were so happy to have them be a part of such an iconic piece of history! They shared their personal memories, family stories, and gave insight into the company history. Their cousin Fred Cormack also joined them. They met and visited with the company staff who presented them with gift items including a vintage Diving Girl pin, used on the glamorous suits of the 1950s.

Check out “Celebrating 100 Years of Timeless Glamour” when it opens on March 11th. The exhibition runs through April 30th.