We love him or hate him, for a variety of reasons: the swimsuit is certainly one of the most controversial clothing of our wardrobe. A few key moments in its history, from antiquity to our days.
The archaeologists have found in Rome of the frescoes which show women wearing two species of fabric headbands, one on the chest, and the other on the hips. It is surprising how much they resemble the jerseys of today ‘ today! But these were worn by women to play sports; everything indicates that (even public) swimming was practiced naked, and this, as much for women as for men.
The Victorian era
After antiquity, there was, as in many other areas, a great darkness. Even if women have continued to go to the public baths, according to places and times, it took a lot of time before returning to the openness of the Romans. It will take the industrial England Revolution to make outdoor swimming again a fashionable activity. The new railroad helping, people liked to go to the edge of the sea. The Victorian Jersey gives barely watch so it should be heavy and uncomfortable in the water! At the time, modesty was a virtue that we took very seriously. The beaches were so covered in ‘machines of bath’, small cabins on wheels pulled by horses that could rent, in which women could change in privacy. It pushed them then directly in the water, so that bathers need not to show.
The beginning of the 20th century
When the Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman arrived in the United States in 1907, she made scandal! What for? His Jersey a piece, she wore with thick tights, was regarded as much too revealing! This time marks the beginning of a change for the Jersey: previously, when they bathed, women were only stand in the waves (with their clothes, we may well think that they couldn’t move a lot!) But Ms. Kellerman was a real athlete (she tried to cross the channel by swimming three times). She therefore claimed the right for women to wear a Jersey who married forms of the body and allowed them to practice a sport.
Then things began to change rapidly for women. The right to vote, the short hair… It was the beginning of emancipation, and it shows in the jerseys. Even if according to our standards of today these seem relatively innocent, you can see the incredible contrast with the previous picture in just a few years! We see the shoulders a bit of cleavage and legs…
The modern bikini first appeared in Paris in 1946. The name refers to the Bikini Atoll, in the Pacific Ocean, where nuclear tests were conducted at the time. The Jersey was supposed to generate the same “explosive” effect among those who saw it! The inventor has had so much trouble finding a model to wear his creation, which he eventually appealed to a nude dancer Micheline Bernardini. Of course, this Jersey made scandal. Show her hips and her navel, it was of the never before seen!
Shirts to the flattering silhouette, because of the appearance of the Lycra and built-in corsets (when women stopped wearing them daily, many corsetieres themselves are recycled in jerseys). During this decade, the two pieces have also grown in popularity, but they were generally much more skin than the previous photo!
At the end of the Decade, the bikini is now adopted and accepted. The panties does not have as many curves that today ‘ today, and the bra is often cast as did the underwear at the time.
The jerseys of the 1980s, as the fashion of the Decade in general, actually see all colors. We can note the one-piece cut high at the leg (immortalized by Farah Fawcett), crazy prints, cuts across… We can also note the appearance of bikinis more and smaller, thanks to our Brazilian friends, who invented the “thong.”
Actress Farah Fawcett, in a photo that adorned the walls of countless young men of the time (12 million “posters had been sold)!
Today, there were never more choice for women who want to swim or take a little sun… One-piece, two-piece, more or less covered (the top can be a straitjacket, the bottom skirt or shorts…) For those who want to expand to their chest, padded models are offered, while those who want to minimize it also have opportunities… The materials are more ‘technical’ (antibacterial, solar screen, better glide in the water, etc.) In short, there has for all tastes!
Some jerseys ‘trend’ for summer 2013, such as that seen in the fashion shows…
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