The legacy of the contemporary bathing suit has been a wonder to look back. Many years ago, women used to wear swimwear that was designed to cover almost every inch of the skin but as the years pass, swimsuits design have changed and continues to trim down until we have our sport bikini and modern bikinis.
For the members of the new generation, they might think that the latest swimwear trends such as one-piece, high-waist and G-strings are new but these are actually inspired by trends that have been in history for a number of years.
Among the most remarkable swimwear in history is the first ever bikini. This was designed back in the summer of 1946. By Louis Reard who is a French designer. This is the first time that a two-piece swimwear was introduced to the market. The material used is newsprint and the straps are G-string. The design was very controversial that no fashion model would wear it but a dancer named MichelineBernardini was chosen by Reard. After her modelling that it suddenly rose to popularity.
In 1948, the swimsuit with a halter top became a trend after it was worn by Elizabeth Taylor. It was more conservative than the bikini but still considered a revealing design during that time.
In 1952, Brigitte Bardot starred in the French movie entitled The Girl in the Bikini. In the middle of the 20th century, bikini is already popular in France and a number of European countries but the women in the US were not so fast in catching the trend.
In the first ever James Bond movie entitled Dr. No released in 1962, the actress Ursula Andressdoned a bikini. The design was suited to her as the first Bond woman because it comes with a knife holder.
During a photo shoot for Gidget, a TV show in 1965, Sally Field wore a bikini with high-waist bottom.
In 1995, Pamela Anderson wore a one-piece bathing suit during the filming of Baywatch.
It is common to see that most of these models wearing sports bikini and bikinis in general are slim and thin but in 2016, another record in history was made as it is the first time that a curvy model was designated to wear a swimsuit for a magazine shoot. The model is Ashley Graham and considered plus size in the fashion industry.