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The History of the Swimsuit

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Megan Fields

on 18 September 2013

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In 1900, the women's swimsuit was composed of a knee length smock and bloomers (stockings) with sandals. The men's suit however, was basically a pair of boxers with a t-shirt attached to it. There is no one person who "invented"' this type of swimwear although the Greeks can be credited with the process of wearing togas while bathing and going swimming.
Smocks and Covered Torsos
In 1910, women's knees became able to be shown in public and the swimsuit looses a few yards of fabric in order to allow for more sun exposure.
The Knee showing Swimsuit
The History of the Swimsuit
By: Megan Fields

In the 1920's, the one-piece swimsuit is developed. Though tights and shoes were typically worn, the one piece had to cover a certain length of the ladies leg - it was against the law if the swimsuit was too short. There was even a job that consisted of measuring the ladies swimsuit lengths on the beach if they (the suit) looked too short.
The One-Piece
When the 1930's hit, the one-piece swimsuit was reduced to a short dress that covered a pair of short shorts. Though stockings were still worn, more flesh was being exposed.
The One-Piece Gets Shorter
Works Cited
Speedo Australia - Explore Speedo Swimwear - speedo.au . (n.d.). Speedo Australia - Explore Speedo Swimwear - speedo.au . Retrieved September 17, 2013, from http://speedo.com.au/australia/history

News Network. (n.d.). Bloomers to bikinis: Swimwear through history - CNN.com. CNN.com - Breaking News, U.S., World, Weather, Entertainment & Video News. Retrieved September 17, 2013, from http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/21/living/btn-bathing-suits-by-the-numbers/index.html

•Timeline of Swimwear | Orlebar Brown | OB Approved | Orlebar Brown. (n.d.). Orlebar Brown | Designer Swimshorts and Resort Collection. Retrieved September 17, 2013, from http://www.orlebarbrown.com/ob-approved/timeline-swimwear/

By the 1940's, the one piece had been sliced in half, due to the fact that WWII was in effect and we, America, needed to save fabric and money. The less fabric we use = the more money we save. The new two-piece swimsuit was popular and in high demand after WWII.
The Two-Piece
In the 50's, there was more support for curvy women in the two-pieces. The Hawaiian-print swim-trunks also became very popular for men. In 1958, the Lycra fabric was developed to help prevent saggy swimsuits.
Lycra was born
In the 90's, the Tankini was developed. It was a two piece, but it covered the torso. In 1992, Speedo launched S2000 which had 15% less drag than a conventional swimsuit. In 1994, they launched Endurance, the world's first chlorine resistant fabric.in 1998, Speedo launched Aqua blade which was 8% less surface resistance than the S2000
The Tankini
In 2000, Speedo released the FASTSKIN. In 2004, Speedo released FSII an evolution of the FASTSKIN. In 2007, Speedo launched the FS-PRO. In 2008, Speedo released the LZR RACER- the most technically advanced suit yet.
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