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The Evolution of Women's Swimwear from the 1700s to Today

Posted by Liz T. on

Over the past 300 years, women’s swimwear has encompassed the full range of possible coverage, from 18th century bathing gowns and modern-day burkinis to the itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini. Here’s a look at some different styles of western swimwear in recent history. The earliest swimsuits in the time period we’re looking at would have been nothing at all! “Bathing” was often done in sex-separated groups, if at all, and was even widely considered to be immoral for stretch. When swimming, or "sea-bathing," started to become popular, the initial 200 years of suits were more concerned with...

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Teddy Boys and Girls: Britain's Original Teenage Rebels

Posted by Feliz Weinberg on

"Our dress is our answer to a dull world." In 1953, a hot new fashion trend took over Britain's teen boys. An adaptation of Edwardian romanticism from which the name “Teddy” is derived, they donned tailored velvet blazers and button-down shirts coupled with drainpipe jeans or trousers, skinny ties, and chunky leather shoes. They topped it off with outrageous coiffures (or quiffs) and these working-class teens set the stage for all young tribes to follow. They were the first group to create a truly specialized youth market. By 1954, the tabloid Daily Express was describing these insubordinate teenagers as “Teddy...

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The More You Know: Parachute Wedding Dresses

Posted by Liz T. on

Access to silk was very limited during World War II as most of the world’s supply at the time came from China and Japan. The available supplies of silk and nylon were needed for military use, to make parachutes and other essentials for the war effort. This made it difficult for the increasing numbers of war brides to find material for their wedding dresses. Many brides opted to borrow gowns from friends and family, but another option became popular among resourceful war brides: recycling used parachutes into beautiful new wedding gowns! The parachutes were generally made of white or cream...

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