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A Brief History of Swimwear

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A Brief History of Swimwear

A Brief History of Swimwear

Swimsuitshave existed since ancient times, but it was a hundred years ago that swimsuits for women became a separate category. Here is a brief introduction to the history of swimsuits.


1. Start Of Swimsuit


The prototype of swimsuit shall be pushed to the end of 19th century. At that time, girls put on plush long clothes, stockings and lace shoes in order to completely cover their bodies and not to show any body posture, but the material weighed up to 30 pounds (about 14 kg) as soon as it got wet. On the Internet, there are photos of the original conservative swimwear prototype, which are wrapped tightly and become heavy with water.


In 1907, an Australian female swimmer, Annette Kellerman, was arrested by the police after wearing a full body swimwear exposed arms during the competition. This event, however, became the beginning of women's pursuit of their due claims and rights.


When swimming became an Olympic sport, people realized that they could use lighter and smaller fabrics to prevent athletes from failing to swim due to heavy swimsuits. Swimsuits were also changed to show arms on the upper body and wear short leggings on the lower body. However, for fear of being too naked, there were ‘swimsuit police’ on the beach to measure the length of swimsuits. If they fail to meet the standards, they could not go into the water.


2. The Appearance Of Bikini


In 1930, the mind and clothing began to ‘emancipate’. A vest and boxer brief shorts could be worn, which was much lighter than before. After that, there were two sensational events around the world. The first was that the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Bikini island in the Pacific Ocean, which was very shocking at that time. The second is the appearance of a swimsuit made up of three pieces of cloth and four strips, designed by French engineer Lewis Reed and named after Bikini Island, which is called bikini. At that time, the society was surprised at the emergence of bikini. Many people opposed it. Countries around Europe regarded it more as a plague. Therefore, models did not dare to wear it. Only the stripper Bernatini dared to wear it as a demonstration.


In 1946, French engineer Lewis Reid designed a two piece swimsuit. In the 1950s, it was still the world of ‘one-piece’ swimsuits, but it paid more attention to breast, waist and line beauty. In the 1960s, an American singer Brian Hyland's ‘Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ went deep into the hearts of the people. Bond girls in the film 007 also wore bikini, and bikini began to be widely accepted.


One of the most explosive events was the  monokini designed by American fashion designer Rudi Gernreich in 1964. The design concept comes from the fact that boys can always swim naked upper body, while girls have some restrictions, hoping to promote gender equality. This is a swimming suit with a completely exposed chest, which caused a great sensation in that year.


3. After 1970s


From the 1970s to the 1990s, one peice swimsuit was still a popular style, but the style became more and more simple. In the 1970s, there were many one-piece styles, but the sexy level was also shocking.


In the 1980s, the tailoring began to be very daring, and the sexy level of micro one piece bathing suits was unprecedented. In the 1990s, it was more simple and sporty and lively. In the late 1990s, bikini began to be active.


4. Trends In This Century


Up to now, swimsuits have not changed much, only some changes in detail. In 2017, the Sun summarized the trend of swimsuits, and found that one piece thong swimsuit, led by Bella Hadid, Millie Mackintosh, Kardashian and other sister celebrities, and some internet celebrities, are making a comeback. The time is returning to the naked age of the beach in the past.

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