11 April 2011

{Bathing Time}

Asymmetrical ruched bandeau tank
Eva Herzigova
Flores ruched underwire tank
Paradis paisley twist-front tank
Paradis paisley twist-front tank
Nuevo paisley tank
Liberty dandie ruffle french top
Wildbloom ruffle underwire tank
Ticker-stripe halter tank
Suvi ruched one-shoulder tank
...and my favourite:
Palm-stripe underwire tank
Where t find it: {Swim - J.Crew}
And I have found another ones that perhaps you will like too.
Clube Bossa 
Clube Bossa
JETS by Jessika Allen 
Jets by Jessica Allen
Lisa Maree 
Lisa Maree
Diane von Furstenberg 
Diane von Furstenberg
Tori Praver 
Tori Praver
Tori Praver 
Tori Praver
Clube Bossa 
Clube Bossa
J. Crew
{The last swimsuits and bikinis are from NET-A-PORTER.com}
A little bit of the history of Bathing Suit:
With the introduction of railways in the early 1800s, the seaside emerged as a popular destination for vacationers from all classes. Still, modesty ruled the Victorian era, and ladies would wade onto the beach in bathing costumes made of serge or flannel, some with weights sewn into the hem to keep the garment from floating up and revealing too much leg!

Women with swimming suits (I don´t know if she really entered at the sea...) around 1850s.
               By the 1860s, those cumbersome costumes were replaced by belted two-pieces (see images above). These swimsuits were still made of heavy flannel or wool, with three-quarter length trousers as bottoms and tops resembling overcoats. At ocean resorts, people undressed in miniature wheeled cabins, which were drawn out into the water by horse, allowing the modest Victorian woman to spend her day on the beach in complete privacy and remain unseen when she emerged from the water in her soaking flannel.
              Three decades later, knee-length wool dresses featuring puffed sleeves and sailor collars were all the rage. These were worn with bloomers trimmed with ribbons and bows, and worn over black stockings, lace-up slippers, and caps.
bathing costume, Victorian, obsolete fashion
Girls in Bathing Suits circa 1860 (left) and 1880 (right). (Unknowed Illusrtator).
1900s {New Century Begins}
Illustrations by D. Gibson.

1910s {War Times}

By the turn of the century, women were participating in more seaside activities like swimming and diving, and figure-obscuring bathing costumes were traded for slightly more form-fitting, limb-freeing cuts. In the 1920s, necklines on bathing attire were lowered while the bottoms shortened. “The newest thing for the sea is a jersey bathing suit as near a maillot as the unwritten law will permit,” reads a 1920s issue of Vogue. As for where the bathing suit went from there… well, look no further than your own closet!

1920s {Flappers Era}
"Mermaid Club, Philadelphia." Members in bathing suits circa 1920
Men Fashion for Swimming
1940s {Here comes the first Bikini!}

Atlantic City (NJ) 1943.
Grace Kelly
Young Grace Kelly in the family house located in Ocean City (NJ). Circa 1948.
1950s´{This is Glamour}
Bathing Beauties Early 50s
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly at the filming set of "To Catch a Thief", Cannes July 1955.
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Grace again, here in Thailand by H. Connant for Elle. 1955. She loved white bathing suits.

Vogue Summer 1956

1960s {Colourfull Bathing}
Princess Grace of Monaco in her bathing suit <br>July 1968
Princess Grace of Monaco at MonteCarlo Beach Club 1968.

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