Tina (1910-1996). American designer. She was considered an innovator for the originality of her swimming costumes, beachwear, and orientally inspired silk dresses. Born in Philadelphia, she studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and at the Sorbonne. She opened a boutique in Honolulu (Hawaii) in which she sold Chinese brocades, cotton dresses, sailing clothes, and printed silk garments. After moving to New York in the 1940s, she succeeded in selling her creations to Sacks Fifth Avenue, then established her own prêt-à-porter company in 1953. In addition to swimming costumes and beachwear, she designed pyjamas, matador pants, and cashmere dresses.