An exhibit, charting the history and evolution of the most-favoured and lightweight summer wear of all times, swimsuit, is on display at the Centerville Historical Museum, Massachusetts.
Dubbed as ‘Bloomers to Bikinis’, the event aims to give an insight into the distinctive variations that took place in bathing suit styles from the early 1900s to the present times.
Slated to run through August 30, 2014, the display features demure and edgy swimwear ensembles and photographs from over 12 decades and 15 swimsuit fashion trends, including bikinis, monokinis and tankinis.
The display features an array of mohair, silk taffeta, cotton, knit rayon, lastex, Lycra (1950s) and Spandex (1960s) fabric crafted creations.
One of the major attractions of the exhibit includes the entirely wool made bathing suit, a fully covered conservative style, worn by the late 19th century women, along with silk stockings and hat or scarf.
The exhibition is jointly curated by the museum director Randy Hoel, museum volunteer Barbara Fahrenholz, eBay, and some local firms, including Nelly’s Suits You Swimwear in Hyannis and Bedroom I’s in Osterville.
In addition to the display, a Summer Swimwear Fashion Show, which would showcase latest creations from Bedroom I’s Boutique and Letarte Swimwear, is also set to take place on July 1, 2014, on the sidelines of the event.
The evolution of bathing suit styles has always been influenced by movies and television. Hollywood starlets of the 1920s, 30s and 40s directly affected the design changes in swimwear. In the 1950s and 60s, actresses like Annette Funicello (Beach Blanket Bingo) and Ursula Andress (Dr. No) helped to determine swimwear fashions. In the next two decades, super models influenced styles of that era, including Christie Brinkley and Cheryl Tiegs. Since 1964, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions have affected what is new and daring in swimsuits.