Bathing Suits

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The conversion of swimwear to a “2-piece” suit takes place in the 1940s. The uncovering of the midriff was starting to happen, but midriff exposures are slow and deliberate, and averaging about one inch per year. Movie stars headline the conversion process as Hollywood’s leading pin-ups – including Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth bare their bellies.

Although around longer, the bikini was officially unveiled in 1946 by Louis Reard. The tiny bikini.

Reard said  “..for the record, you do not have a genuine bikini unless you can pull it through your wedding ring!”.   American women didn’t get comfortable with such little material until the late fifties and early sixties.

View this short video (and the photos below) for a peek into the beauty and elegance of the forties! 

Vintage Oscar De La Renta Swimwear Beach Cover Up Caftan Open Front S Small EUC

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Vintage 60s Pinup Bright Mod Floral Swimsuit Romper a Muriel Original

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Vintage 80s MAXINE OF HOLLYWOOD Black Swimsuit Size 16

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Vintage 50s Pin Up Bathing Suit Playsuit Floral Roses Rose Marie Ried Toile

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Vintage 60s Tankini Materniy ? Bikini Purple Polka Dot Elizabeth Stewart

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1940s 1950s Navy Blue Bombshell Rose Marie Reid swimsuit vintage size 10/32

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Vintage 1940's Ladies Bathing Suit by Robby Lynn Fashions Size 12

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Vint Pin up Retro Bathing Suit 1940s Black Skirted 1 pc Swimsuit 4 Rothschild

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Vint Pin up Retro Bathing Suit 1940s Black 1 pc Swimsuit Webfoot Brand, 36

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