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Swimsuit: A Long Journey from Gown to Bikini

Thursday, 16 December 2010

swimsuitEvery year, swimwear is getting an inch closer to ‘not being there'. A couple of centuries ago, champions of public morals were probably clamoring the loss of virtue in sight of modest bathing suits that actually looked like clothes, and not threads. However, this is to be expected: fashion evolves by its own rules, and what is now considered the norm, a century ago would have caused an outrage. Especially when it comes to bathing suit which over the years has undergone multiple transformations - probably more than any other article of clothing.

The Late Offspring of Fashion

The swimsuit has a very interesting story. As a particular article of clothing, it did not appear until the early twentieth century; consider it part of our legacy to future generations as its first cycle of returning to its original form nears the completion of its cycle.

In classical antiquity swimming and bathing was most often done nude. In some settings coverings were used. Murals at Pompeii show women wearing two-piece suits covering the areas around their breasts and hips. After this, the notion of special water apparel seems to have been lost for centuries.

In the 18th century women wore ‘bathing gowns' in the water; these were long dresses of fabrics that would not become transparent when wet, with weights sewed into the hems so that they would not rise up in the water.

From Modesty to Frivolity

The evolution of swimwear in the 20th century became the course of discarding the uncomfortable corset and the work eroticizing the body was done by exposing more and more skin.

At the turn of the 20th century, female swimmers went to extraordinary lengths to conceal themselves at the beach. They wore voluminous bathing costumes and even made use of a peculiar Victorian contraption called the bathing machine, essentially a small wooden or canvas hut on wheels. The bather entered the machine fully dressed and donned her swimming clothes inside. Then, horses (or occasionally humans) pulled the cart into the surf. The bather would disembark on the seaside, where she could take a dip without being observed from the shore. Suntans were considered a sign of low class, so many women covered their heads and faces.

In 1907, Australian Annette Kellerman caused quite a stir, when she was arrested in the United States for indecent exposure, as her formfitting one-piece swimsuit showed arms, legs and the neck. Kellerman changed the suit to have long arms and legs, and a collar, still keeping the close fit revealing the shapes underneath.

In 1913, inspired by the introduction of female athletes into Olympic swimming events, the designer Carl Jantzen made the first functional two-piece swimwear, a close-fitting one-piece with shorts on the bottom and short sleeves on top. The swimsuit apron, a popular design for early swimwear, disappeared by 1918, leaving a tunic covering the shorts.

Though matching stockings were still worn, bare legs were exposed from the bottom of the trunks to the top of the shorts. With the advent of new materials like lastex and nylon, by 1934 the swimsuit started hugging the body and was constructed to allow shoulder straps to be lowered for tanning.

The Less, the Better

In 1946, French car engineer Louis Reard who was running his mother's lingerie boutique and designed a prototype for a new kind of beach costume. It comprised two pieces, the bottom large enough to cover its wearer's navel. He sliced the top off the bottoms and advertised it as ‘smaller than the smallest swimsuit'. The idea struck him when he saw women rolling up their beachwear to get a better tan. Reard named it after Bikini Atoll in the Pacific, the site of the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon test on July 1, 1946. The reasoning for the name was that the burst of excitement created by it would be like a nuclear device. French newspaper Le Figaro wrote, ‘People were craving the simple pleasures of the sea and the sun. For women, wearing a bikini signaled a kind of second liberation. There was really nothing sexual about this. It was instead a celebration of freedom and a return to the joys in life.'

Today and Tomorrow

Today, bikini coexist along with far less revealing one- and two-piece swimwear.  The choice of the swimsuit is always a very personal and quite difficult choice. There are those who are inspired by trends, those who wants only a specific model or color and those who trust only the first-sight.

The swimsuits are fundamental clothing and the summer 2010 offers many opportunities. The novelty of this year in the beachwear department seems to be the trikini, which is a mix between the bikini and the one-piece, joined by a piece of cloth in the front. In France this model has already drawn the crowds, on the beaches they have been sold like hot cakes and surely also in Italy will see a lot of them. After many years of shy appearances on beaches and on the catwalks, but in the end always overshadowed by the most popular bikini, this should be the year of the turning point and mark the arrival en masse of the trikini on beaches. But the trikini is suggested just for who really has a perfect body or almost, for who has the flat belly, or who has narrow shoulder and wide hips, which are thus minimized.

Also with regard to the slip, there are infinite variations from the traditional one to the tanga, passing by the loincloth, culottes and slip with side ties. Depending on how you choose the piece below, you can get a different result on your body. In the culottes is advised to who has a very thin body, because it shortens the length of the leg and makes seem wider, side laces, instead, seize and make the figure look more lean and higher.

As for colors and patterns, the choice is obviously very broad. An always fashionable color is white, a very glam and sophisticated color, but only as long as you are well tanned.

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