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Jantzen Swimwear and The International Swimming Hall of Fame Team up To Celebrate Fort Lauderdale’s Centennial Celebration of Swimming and Diving

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) April 19, 2011 - Jantzen, the iconic swimwear brand with over a hundred years of timeless designs, will be participating in the 100 years of Swimming and Swimwear in Fort Lauderdale exhibition at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, headlining their centennial celebration alongside the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Kicking off Wednesday April 27 at the Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, the swim brand that coined the term “swimming suit” will showcase a sampling of their iconic pieces throughout the decades in conjunction with the Swimming Hall of Fame’s own historical pieces.  A Reception at the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s Museum of Aquatic Art, 501 Seabreeze Blvd., will begin at 5 PM and the Ribbon Cutting will take place at 6 PM.  Media will have access to the exhibits at 3 PM, by prior arrangement.

The Public Grand Opening Event will be held on Thursday May 5, while the exhibit portion of the celebration will run through October 31st and is free during its first weekend, May 7- 8. Jantzen will have various key exhibits showcasing the change in swimwear over the past 100 years. The main display will incorporate archival suits from 1921 to 1980, including suits worn by Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. A second display pays homage to President Ronald Reagan who wore Jantzen throughout his life. Reagan, who, like the city, was born in 1911, was a lifeguard and swimmer and ISHOF Gold Medallion recipient in 1988.  A third swimsuit display that features suits from the “Where the Boys Are” film will be available for viewing.

In collaboration with the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the exhibit will also includes a picture history of Fort Lauderdale’s famous beach when it was the location of a Fort through the origins city pools, Spring Break, Jim Crow segregation, integration and the swimming hall of fame.  There are also walls honoring the city’s famous aquatic athletes and celebrities who have visited the Hall of Fame from around the world.  Another exhibit, sponsored by Recreational Design and Construction of Fort Lauderdale, presents the evolution of the Fort Lauderdale’s Casino Pool to the International Swimming Hall of Fame as it is today and may be in the future.

Other events that are part of the City’s four day Splash at the Beach include the AT&T/USA Diving Grand Prix, Asian Pacific Heritage Month Cultural Festival, Fran Crippen Safe Swim 10K and 1 mile Dash for Cash, and a Guinness World Record dive attempt into 12” of water by Professor Splash. On Friday May 6, Jantzen will be the sponsor of the 47th Annual Honoree Dinner Induction Ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center.

Special guests Governor Scott and Prince Albert will be in attendance as well as some of the world’s most accomplished swimmers, including Australian great, Ian Thorpe. Others to be inducted include swimmers USA’s Lenny Krayzleburg, Australian Petria Thomas and German star Franziska VanAlmsick.

Jantzen, is a wholly owned subsidiary and licensed trademark owned by Perry Ellis International, Inc., a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.


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