Swimsuits Evolution From Victorian Era to the Bikini Age
Swimsuits are kinda taken for granted nowadays, but if we take a look back we can see that things weren’t always as they are now. There was a literal evolution of swimsuits from those made of wool to those that we are more familiar today. But we should let the swimsuits do the talking here by showing you this transition in photos.
circa 1870: A woman wearing a fashionable bathing suit at the time. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1890: Beachgoers posing in swimsuits at Santa Monica, California. (Photo by American Stock/Getty Images)
A lady in One-Piece Bathing Suit and Cap Reclining on Beach with Hands Behind Head, French Postcard. (Photo: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
A Girl in a swimsuit, circa 1909. (Photo by Past Pix/SSPL/Getty Images)
Annette Kellermann – 1910Foto: Fleet Agency (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
Young women in matching beachwear, Los Angeles, California, circa 1910. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Actress Elsie Marson in a red silk swimsuit with white embroidered spots – 1918 – Photographer: d’Ora – Published by: ‘Die Dame’ 20/1918 Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by d’ Ora/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
A woman in swimwear poses in front of a studio ocean scene, Paris, France, circa 1920. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
Woman having her swimsuit measured for length violations on a Washington DC beach in the 1920s (silver print), 1922. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)
Five friends pose arm-in-arm on the beach in their wool bathing suits; circa 1920s. (Photo by GraphicaArtis/Getty Images)
circa 1926 (Photo by Alexander Binder/General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
Alice Nikitina, well known Russian ballet dancer at the beach in Italy, circa 1929. Some called it a ‘bizarre bathing suit’. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
(Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene/Condé Nast via Getty Images)
A model walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at the Molitor swimming pool, circa 1930 in Paris, France. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Woman wearing a swimsuit at the Aquatic gala at Molitor swimming pool, on June 23, 1931 in Paris, France. (Photo by Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
circa 1933: Verna Lee Fisher sporting her newly created crossword swimsuit with matching hat, at Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)
Gorgeous Bathers With The Latest In Swimwear On A Beach In California, 1934. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
circa 1935: Actresses Ida Lupino, and Kathleen Burke (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Actress Alexis Smith in southern California, USA circa 1940. (Photo by FPG/Getty Images)
Members of the British Imperial Censorship Staff, who call themselves the centaurettes, standing poolside at the Princess Hotel, which also serves as their offices on the island.
Model posing in bathing suit.
Two models wearing bathing suits & bathing caps.
The new ‘Bikini’ swimming costume (in a newsprint-patterned fabric), which caused a sensation at a beauty contest at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)