History of the Female Swimsuit

Most don’t think of the swimsuit as a culturally significant fashion item, but it has a long and colorful history going back thousands of years with an evolution that might surprise you. And though we can’t be certain, one thing (probably) hasn’t changed at all—the agony and ecstasy of finding the perfect swimsuit.

From the scandalous first once piece swimsuit to the itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini, take a dive into the fascinating history of the female swimsuit!