DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 18, 2018) – The Jantzen® Diving Girl departed Washington state today for her more than 3,000-mile journey to Daytona Beach. The iconic mannequin beloved by locals and visitors during her 52-year installation as a Boardwalk landmark above Stamies Smart Beachwear on Ocean Avenue will remain a beloved icon as part of ONE DAYTONA’s public art program.
The 16-foot fiberglass mannequin, constructed by Wolf and Vine in Los Angeles in 1959, will be installed on a permanent structure in ONE DAYTONA’s high-energy Victory Circle near the public splash fountain. One of four original Jantzen Diving Girls still in existence, she will spend several weeks preparing for her installation with restoration including a new coat of paint.
“The Jantzen Diving Girl is considered synonymous with Daytona Beach and has become a symbol for our city over several decades, said Lesa France Kennedy, ISC CEO and visionary behind ONE DAYTONA. “She is a brand icon and we look forward to celebrating her return in a big way at ONE DAYTONA.”
The Jantzen Diving Girl joins several other elements in ONE DAYTONA’s public art program including a mixed media sculpture created by local artist Libby Ware and incorporated into the fountain outside of P.F. Chang’s, five aluminum display panels and two tile mosaic walls on the freestanding building in the center island of Daytona Boulevard, a mural by local artist Keylo on BUILT Custom Burger, and the recently wrapped electrical boxes with brilliant designs located throughout the campus.
"We are pleased that the legacy of the iconic Jantzen Diving Girl will continue within Daytona Beach, where she will be prominently displayed for all to enjoy,” said Carol Alhadeff, Jantzen Archivist.
ONE DAYTONA will begin the celebration of the Jantzen Diving Girl’s return this week as it tracks her route from Washington via social media. To follow her journey, please visit Instagram (@onedaytona) or Facebook (OneDaytona).
Jantzen® is owned by Perry Ellis International, Inc. and is available at: www.jantzen.com and select retailers.
About ONE DAYTONA
ONE DAYTONA features a 300,000 square-foot retail, dining and entertainment district, along with two Marriott hotels and planned residential space. Visitors, race fans, and residents recognize ONE DAYTONA as the place to live, work, stay and play in the Daytona Beach area. Tenants include Bass Pro Shops Outpost, Ben & Jerry’s, BUILT Custom Burgers, Clair de Lune, Cobb Daytona Luxury Theatres, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, GameTime, Guitar Center, Hy’s Toggery, IT’SUGAR, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Kasa Living, Lindbergh, MidiCi: The Neapolitan Pizza Company, P.F. Chang’s, Pink Narcissus, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Sprint and Venetian Nail Spa. For a full list of tenants, more information and the latest updates, visit www.OneDaytona.com.
For over 100 years, the Jantzen® brand has been rooted in history as one of the first American fashion brands and is represented by the world-famous Diving Girl. Iconic, desired, ahead of its time, the brand has a long history of outfitting bombshells and beauties. As experts in fit and innovation, Jantzen swimwear remains a poolside reflection of every woman that transcends a time, a place and even an era.
About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear. Additional information on the company is available at http://www.pery.com.
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