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The History of the Swimsuit

Fashion Project Amanda H. Rachel L.

amanda heinrichs

on 25 September 2012

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Transcript of The History of the Swimsuit

http://www.victoriana.com/library/Beach/FashionableBathingSuits.html The bathing suit (For both genders) was invented in the middle 1800's. It was more of a special petticoat outfit for women, and for men, it looked more like pj's nowadays. The History of the Swimsuit Bathing suits began to change drastically in this time period. In the early Victorian era women had worn serge or dark flannel bathing dresses, but by the 1860s two piece belted costumes replaced the earlier styles.
The swimwear bodice top was jacket like and the swimsuit bottom part three quarter trousers. Notes Roman Gymnasts
Contrary to popular belief, the bikini was actually an ancient invention, as illustrated by this 4th century Roman mosaic from Villa Romana Del Casale in Sicily, Italy. Going back even further, two-piece garments were worn by women (for athletic purposes) as early as 1400 B.C. and are depicted on Greek urns and paintings from that period. And of course, there was always Greece, and the olympics, and in most of Europe... http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1908353_1905442,00.html http://inventors.about.com/od/sstartinventions/ss/swimsuit_2.html Before the 1800's (and in the early 1800's), people (mainly men)swam buck naked. They would swim either in their loincloths, or in their birthday suits. Wealthier women did not swim, mostly just the men and young children. The End! And Remember... It was an... itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini...that she wore for the first time today!
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