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History of a Bathing Suit

In the early 1800's people began to spend much time at the beaches. As soon as railroads appeared, ocean side beaches became one of the most favourite destinations for beautiful pastime. Thus women needed fashionable attire for this new type of recreation. In the 18th century the white tone of skin was still popular. Further to their garment women put hats, kerchiefs and gloves on to protect their skin from sun exposure. At those times it was improperly for a woman to show her legs. Modesty was first of all.


At the beginning of 19th century women made for seaside more often. Therefore there first swimwear appeared. The swimwear consisted of a simple long dress till the ankles with long sleeves, a scarf, gloves and sandals.
In the middle of 19th century, bathing dresses hid most of the body of a woman. The swimwear consisted of "Turkish" pants and "paletot" made from flannel fabric. Such dresses for sure were very heavy for swimming.
The 19th century bathing machines were developed that let a woman to spend time at the beach in absolute privacy. The bathing machines were drawn out into the water by horses. In this cabana the Victorian woman could change her clothes into flannel swimwear.

At the end of the 19th century the following beach wear was brought into fashion. Women wore a black wool dress. The bathing dress that was shortened to the knees had puffed sleeves and a sailor collar. The beach wear was supplemented by black stockings, sun hats or beautiful caps and bathing slippers. At those times new activities were invented for pleasant pastime at the beach resorts. However wool bathing dresses hobbled the movements of a woman who was engaged in these activities. Therefore there a need appeared to invent a new bathing suit that could be free enough for a young lady.


In the next century a bathing suit underwent great changes. Women were allowed to show a little more of their body and to enjoy the sun tanning. In addition, by 1915 women were engaged in swimming competitions equally with men. Owing to this fact the amount of heavy materials used in producing of bathing suits was reduced.

By the early 1920's women's swimsuits were represented by one piece attire with a long top and shorts. Women still wore bathings suits together with stockings, however there new models of bathing suits appeared that exposed more and more body from the bottom of the knickers to the top of the matching stockings.

In the 1940's designers presented two-piece bathing suits that included halter-tops and modest bottoms. The designers, Jacques Helm and Louis Reard invented the two-piece swimsuit that uncovered both the navel and the thighs. Such invention caused a great furor. This design was called "bikini" by Louis Reard.

In the 1960's this type of swimsuit enjoyed wide popularity in America. A decade later, models became thinner and the design of swimwear began to change as well. In 1974 the Brazilian designers invented thong bikini. Beginning with 1980's till the present time designers all over the world has been offering absolutely new models of stylish and cute bathing suits for every age and body type of a woman.