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The Evolution of Swimsuits: 50+ Photos That Show A Complete History Of Beach Fashion From 1800s To Present Day

Fashion industry is the most rapid changing industry, because it is highly influenced by the culture, famous personalities, seasons and by fashion designers. Swimming suits has been evolved more than any other fashion through the decades. From full-shade dresses to two-piece swim suits. The bathing suit styles are close linked to social change and more specifically about the role of women’s in the society in a particular era.

As printed in an article for the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Villa Romana del Casale houses frescos that show women wearing what looks like two-piece swimsuits. The tesserae portray girls in athletics competitions, wearing two-piece suits. It is probably more than 2000 years old. Check out the figure below.

This swimsuit alone still wasn’t modest enough for some Victorians. According to Victoriana Magazine, “The bathing machine allowed a modest Victorian woman to spend the day at the beach in complete privacy Archived photographs from 1800s show that Victorian women wore bathing gowns. The bathing and swim wears evolved in 20th century. The billowy, heavy layers of the 19th century swimsuits were replaced by a couple of inches to a light dress instead.

We here at bygonely have complied a comprehensive list of historic photographs in order to show you how bathing suits evolved, started from two pieces and until now we came back to two pieces. What do you think about these swimsuits and history? Let us know in the comments and vote for your favorite one.

#48 On July 5, 1946, French model Micheline Bernardini wore the bikini for the first time in Paris.

On July 5, 1946, French model Micheline Bernardini wore the bikini for the first time in Paris.

The new 'Bikini' swimming costume caused a sensation at a beauty contest at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Designer Louis Reard was unable to find a 'respectable' model for his costume and the job of displaying it went to 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. It was marketed as a two-piece swimming suit that revealed “everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name.”

Written by Orla Morris

Full-time dress and costume designer, Half Persian half Italian. I still don’t know how to write, but i'm writing and you are reading :)

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