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February 29, 2016

22 Fascinating Black and White Photos of Beautiful Women in One Piece Swimsuits in the 1950s

The first bikinis appeared just after World War II. Early examples were not very different from the women’s two pieces common since the 1920s, except that they had a gap below the breast line allowing for a section of bare midriff. They were named after Bikini Atoll, the site of several nuclear weapons tests, for their supposed explosive effect on the viewer.

The bathing suit of the 1950s was a classic sheath. The top usually had a sweetheart neckline with a very tight, short skirt covering the front part of the bottom (sometimes this extended to the back as well). Wearing a swimsuit didn’t get women off the hook from maintaining that perfect ‘50s figure either. The top had padded or formed cups to enhance the bust, and the rest was fitted and boned like a corset. Rouching was used a lot on either the sides of the suit or down a panel on the front. This fabric trick created an optical illusion, hiding fifties bathing suitsunsightly rolls and making the bathing beauty look slim. Some suits zipped up the back so that they could be extra form-fitting (or extra form-enhancing).


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