Beach Revue teams up with isle swimsuit designer
Vintage beauty, coastal backdrops and seaside fashion set the stage for the eighth annual Galveston Island Beach Revue at Beach Central May 20-21.
The festivities include a beer tasting, parasol decorating, a classic car show and vendor shopping. But the highlight of the event has always been the Bathing Beauties Contest, in which 40 women from all over gather to strut their stuff in vintage-inspired swimsuits.
Islander By Choice, which produces the revue, and Galveston-based Fluid Swimwear are teaming up for the third year. Each year, Fluid Swimwear creates a Galveston Island Beach Revue bathing suit for display and sale at the Hotel Galvez & Spa. This year, Fluid Swimwear is offering contestants a custom-fit, vintage-inspired swimsuit for the competition to either borrow or buy at steep discounts.
Jordan Cunningham, a Tiki Island resident and University of Houston-Clear Lake student, was the first to be fitted for her custom competition swimsuit.
Cunningham decided to be more than a spectator of the competition after she watched the contestants last year. Cunningham used this year’s competition as a goal to spur her on in her new health journey, which she began last summer.
“I recently lost 40 pounds,” Cunningham said. “I thought this would be a great way to top off my college graduation and celebrate my weight-loss journey. I am really excited about my swimsuit and getting all dolled up for the competition.”
Cunningham will walk the runway in her custom suit designed by Megan Turnbow, owner and designer of Fluid Swimwear, at the revue’s Bathing Beauties Contest beginning 5 p.m. May 21 at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
Turnbow’s relationship with the event runs deeper than sponsorships.
“I believe in businesses having deep ties to their community,” she said. “Being a part of the Galveston Island Beach Revue is a perfect fit for us, but also is a way to become a part of Galveston and its deep-rooted history.”
The company, which was born out of the need to find clothing that fit well, began when the Ann Arbor, Mich., native sought warmth in sunny island life in Galveston. Her specialty is creating custom suits that contour the body.
“Bathing suits are the most intimate piece of public clothing we wear; they should look good on you,” Turnbow said.
The Galveston Island Beach Revue, which serves as the island’s official kick-off to summer, was resurrected in 2009 by Islander By Choice and draws inspiration from two of Galveston’s former seasonal pasttimes, the Pageant of Pulchritude and Splash Day.
“Every May, we get to celebrate a very special piece of Galveston’s incredible history with our Beach Revue guests,” Will Wright, of Islander By Choice, said. “We love hosting the event and letting people interact with this historic event in a present-day setting. We’ve got a full Friday and Saturday planned for everyone this year focusing on vintage Galveston fun.”
Galveston Island Beach Revue
Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., free admission
6 p.m., Craft beer taps open
6:45 p.m., Contestant introductions
7:30 p.m., Harbors over Highways takes the main stage
8 p.m., Best Vintage Dressed awards
Noon, Vintage vendor shop opens
Noon, Parasol decorating contest
Noon, Opening ceremonies
Noon, Craft beer tents open
Noon, Classic Car and Vintage Trailer Show
1 p.m., Beer tasting
3 p.m., Beer tasting
4:30 p.m., Dandy Wellington and His Band take the main stage
5 p.m., Bathing Beauties Contest
7 p.m., Dandy Wellington and His Band