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August 27, 2009

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Steven

Its crazy to see how swimwear has evolved over the course of time. From pageantry to modeling and movies the way that fashion in general has changed and keeps on changing is crazy.

Side note: today, the Miss USA pageant is probably best known for their swimsuit competition - but I LOVED the pictures that you have shared.

Julia Larden

The Victorian bathing costume is horrific, but interesting, as are the comments about trousers. I would point out, though, that the mid nineteen-sixties bathing costume is a bit misleading as a typical example of bathing wear at this time. In fact, at first, I took it for a twenties costume. In the mid sixties (I was 10 in 1965) a lot of women wore bikinis, or, otherwise one piece costumes very similar to the ones worn now - it was generally only fat, shy or elderly women who would have contemplated wearing a skirted costume like this - in an average municipal bathing pool in Birmingham, UK, on a hot summer day, you might have seen one, or two, of these skirted creations. My mother, already in her forties, had a fairly modest bikini. For when bikinis first became fashionable it might help to think back to this, nineteen-fifties hit song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxMMXuACDDA&feature=related

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