Thursday, January 10, 2013

Resort Fashions 2013 - Swimsuit Retrospective - 1917, 1918, 1919

In the third year of World War I, a woman's bathing suit consisted of a heavy wool chemise which was worn over bloomers. Shoes and stockings were taken off only by the very daring and unconventional!

Although skirts got a little shorter, beach outfits like this, according to a fashion magazine, were designed, "to defy wind, wave and the scrutiny of man". Water wings were also much in use by women.

World War I ended with suits more form-fitting, still modest. Stockings were required. Tights under suit were called Annette Kellermans after the Australian swimmer who invented them.

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