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The Shelborne is getting a new set of vintage-inspired uniforms designed by Carol Ramsey. The costume designer, who has a scrollable list of television and film hits under her belt, took her inspiration from her work with Magic City, a cancelled-too-soon series about a Collins Ave. hotel in the 50s.
According to WWD, Ramsey wanted the looks of the hotel's front of house, poolside and Library Bar staff to be "sophisticated and sexy" as the hotel undergoes a $150 million renovation. To bring back the glamour of the era, men in the concierge will be decked out in slim lapel suits while ladies will wear espresso-hued pencil dresses cinched at the waist. Staff at the Library Bar will also don espresso-hued garments, with beaded bubble dresses and triple strands of pearls for the ladies and burgundy striped button-downs and slant-pocketed pants for the men.
Hemlines get shorter at the pool with mini dresses that flare out at the waist for greeters and white piqué one-pieces and straw pagoda hats for servers. Even housekeepers uniforms are getting a blast from the past, as they've been revamped to look like taupe pin-up dresses with dark red accents. Hey, Magic City may have been cancelled, but it doesn't mean we can't still bask in the glamour of a post World War II Miami.
· The Shelborne South Beach [Official Site]
· Carol Ramsey Designs Uniforms for Miami Shelborne Hotel [WWD]