23 Vintage Photos of Fashionable Women in Their Swimsuits From the Past

circa 1870: A woman wearing a fashionable bathing costume.
circa 1890: Holidaymakers posing in bathing suits in the ocean surf at Santa Monica, California.
Woman in One-Piece Bathing Suit and Cap Reclining on Beach with Hands Behind Head, French Postcard.
A Girl in A Bathing Costume, circa 1909.
Annette Kellermann
Four young women in matching beach wear run out of the surf, Los Angeles, California, circa 1910.
Actress Elsie Marson in a red silk swimsuit with white embroidered spots – 1918
A pretty woman in a bathing suit poses in front of a studio ocean scene, Paris, France, circa 1920.
Woman having her swimsuit measured for length violations on a Washington DC beach in 1922.
Five 1920s girlfriends pose arm-in-arm on the beach in their wool bathing suits.
circa 1926: A bathing dress.
Alice Nikitina, well known Russian ballet dancer, teacher, and opera singer wearing one of her striking bathing suits at the beach in Italy, Alassio, Italy, circa 1929. Some called it a ‘bizarre bathing suit’.
Two men wearing bathing suits (jersey tank tops and belted trunks) climbing up ladder toward two models (the one standing on the left is Georgia Graves) wearing belted one-piece jersey bathing suits (Ondine) with stripes on the bottom; designed by Lucien Lelong; bathing caps.
A model walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at the Molitor swimming pool, circa 1930 in Paris, France.
Woman wearing funny swimming suit at the Aquatic gala at Molitor swimming pool, on June 23, 1931 in Paris, France.
circa 1933: Verna Lee Fisher sporting her newly created crossword swimsuit with matching bathing hat, at Palm Beach, Florida.
Gorgeous Bathers With The Latest In Swimwear On A Beach In California, April 21, 1934.
circa 1935: Actresses Ida Lupino (1918 – 1995), and Kathleen Burke (1913 – 1980), model the latest swimwear.
Actress Alexis Smith in a swimming costume running along the beach in southern California, USA circa 1940.
Bathing suit clad female members of the British Imperial Censorship Staff, who call themseleves the censorettes, standing poolside at the Princess Hotel, which also serves as their offices on the island.
Model posing in bathing suit in Florida-type setting.
Two models wearing bathing suits & bathing caps.
The new ‘Bikini’ swimming costume (in a newsprint-patterned fabric), which caused a sensation at a beauty contest at the Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Designer Louis Reard was unable to find a ‘respectable’ model for his costume and the job of displaying it went to 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. She is holding a small box into which the entire costume can be packed. Celebrated as the first bikini, Luard’s design came a few months after a similar two-piece design was produced by French designer Jacques Heim.

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