This year marks 60 years after the birth of the bikini by Frenchman Louis Reard, a seminal point in fashion history where women found liberation (to men's pleasure) in wearing less in public than ever before.
The Swimsuit, a glorious, glossy guide to the swimsuit in all its incarnations, marries design history with stunning photography and heralds the arrival of this once-practical garment into mainstream fashion.
Sarah Kennedy is a journalist with twenty years experience of writing and editing on women's magazines in the UK. A contributing author to Vintage Fashion (2006), she is also a media commentator on fashion, lifestyle, culture and psychology, and has extensive broadcasting experience.
Early History; * From Brighton to Biarritz; * The St Tropez Set; * Warm Woollies; * Fifties Fashions; * The Birth of the Bikini; * Sixties Far-Out Groove; * Seventies Beach Babes; * Let's Get Physical; * New Luxe Nineties; * Cruisewear; * Ibiza Groove; * Own Designs; * Brand Manufacturers; * Timeline; * Resources; * Index.