Here you can see some pictures that show the evolution of the swimsuit, from the Victorian Era to the Bikini age.
A woman wearing a fashionable bathing costume, circa 1870.
Holidaymakers posing in bathing suits in the ocean surf at Santa Monica, Calif., circa 1890.
Woman in one-piece bathing suit and cap reclining on a beach in France, circa 1900.
A Girl in A Bathing Costume, circa 1909.
Annette Kellermann, circa 1910.
Four young women in matching beach wear run out of the surf, Los Angeles, circa 1910.
Actress Elsie Marson in a red silk swimsuit with white embroidered spots, circa 1918.
A 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, circa 1922.
Five women walking arm-in-arm on the beach wearing wool bathing suits, circa 1925.
A bathing dress, circa 1926.
Dancer Alice Nikitina wearing a striking bathing suit at the beach in Alassio, Italy, circa 1929.
Belted one-piece jersey bathing suits with stripes on the bottom; designed by Lucien Lelong, circa 1929.
Swimsuit fashion in Paris, France, circa 1930.
Woman wearing cut-out swimming suit at the Aquatic gala at Molitor swimming pool, on June 23, 1931 in Paris.
Verna Lee Fisher sporting her newly created crossword swimsuit with matching bathing hat, at Palm Beach, Fla., circa 1933.
The Latest In swimwear on a beach In California, circa 1934.
Actresses Ida Lupino and Kathleen Burke model the latest swimwear circa 1935.
Actress Alexis Smith in a swimming costume running along the beach in southern California, 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. Circa 1941.
Model posing in bathing suit in Florida, circa 1945.
Two models wearing bathing suits and bathing caps, circa 1946.
The new ‘Bikini’ swimming costume 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.