Want more vintage bikini inspiration? Follow Redbook on Pinterest! Once the first bikini is made, two-piece suits in general become even more popular across the world. Here, Elizabeth Taylor wears a ruffled ensemble. In ,after the first ever Miss Universe pageant in London , the bikini was banned from beauty pageants for being too scandalous. The swimwear was also banned in other countries, including Italy.
The evolution of the bikini as worn by Amanda Cerny on video
The Evolution of the Swimsuit: A Century of Swim | Threads by Garnet Hill
When it comes to swimwear these days, there are endless styles and options to choose from. There's the minimalist one-piece, the retro-style separates, the skimpy triangle bikini, and frankly, anything in between. But that wasn't always the case. Back in the mids, women wore full-length, full-coverage dresses that limited any kind of swimming activity to simply wading in the water. Flash forward to post-World War I and the first-ever one-piece, or maillot, was invented, but because of its wool composition, it sagged when it was wet.
The Scandalous History of the Modern Bikini
Think it's hot at the beach these days? Imagine wearing wool, which is what the first garments we'd recognize as swimsuits were made of. But maybe wool had its charms. That's just one of the surprising tidbits gleaned from wading through the above photos, which trace the evolution of swimsuits from Victorian-era bathing costumes to the bikini. Advances in mass transit and the spread of the idea of leisure time made the beach more accessible to more people starting in the midth century , so it makes sense that that would be when bathing suits designed for leisurely swims became available.
Its origin dates back to when the first bikini was found on Roman mosaics in Piazza Armerina, Sicilia. Before long, bold young women in bikinis were causing a sensation along the Mediterranean coast. Some European countries such as Spain, Portugal or Italy prohibited bikinis on public beaches in