The Swimsuit: a Revealing History, Part I


Women wearing bath suits in the snow at Manchester in New Hampshire, USA. Photo by Keystone-France / Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

In part one of this two-part series, we explore the origins of one of the most controversial garments in history: the swimsuit.

Additional Reading

  • Martin, Richard and Harold Koda. Splash! A History of Swimwear. New York: Rizzoli, 1990.
  • Merrill, Jane and Keren Ben-Horin. She’s Got Legs. Atglen: Schiffer Publishing Ltd, 2015.
  • Schmidt, Christine. The Swimsuit: Fashion from Poolside to Catwalk. New York: Berg, 2012.