The 20th-century war on women's swimwear
It took many years, and some confidently defiant women, to liberate female beachwear
French bathing costumes.
(Amoret Tanner / Alamy Stock Photo)In the 19th century, modesty was the driving trend in female fashion. Clothing was meant to cover the threatening curves of the female form: Necklines were
Artwork, by William Heath, of women swimming at Brighton, England.
A turn-of-the-century bathing suit.
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Annette Kellerman in her one-piece bathing suit.
A Danish illustration.
A bathing beach "cop" measures the distance between a woman's knee and the bottom of her suit in Washington, D.C.
Palm Beach, Florida.