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As said by William Oscar Johnson In the beginning there was water and over the next couple of billion years God proceeded to create fish fowl man woman the beach the flannel bathing gown the one-piece woolen swimsuit the two-piece Latex suit the shoestring bikini the see-through mesh suit and Cheryl Tiegs There you have it a skin-deep history of the evolution of mankind and marine life on earth For you readers with a penchant for little-known facts read on to learn how the swimsuit evolved from something that had all the grace and charm of a collapsed pup tent into the worlds most provocative form of female apparel The need for a swimsuit first started to appear in the 17th century Then in the 1800s swimsuits became a common thing Next the 1880s invented water recreation and the need for a more practical suit Then there was Annette Kellerman who did so much for the swimsuit Louis Reard who invented the bikini was the next to come along in the late 1940s Next Brigitte Bardot gave the bikini its popularity As time went on the bikini began to lose more and more fabric In addition suits had many different names and styles and used different kinds of fabrics Prosch 2 Of course the initial swimsuit was the human body itself However bathing attire has been around for more than centuries History of Swimwear 1 In the 17th century bathing also known as swimming then was a passive activity Rather than straining exercise bathers preferred the health-giving qualities of water 1 Sometimes one dipped themselves into the chilly sea or into the warm springs Nevertheless no matter what the temperature of the water seldom was much skin revealed Johnson 2 In the 18th century spas where men and women participated in open bathing started to appear in France and England Men and women still bathed infrequently and the common swim was a short dip in
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