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Bathing suits through the years

Updated 1514 GMT (2314 HKT) June 22, 2013
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The evolution of the bathing suit has reflected society's attitude towards swimming, outdoor living, modesty and sensuality. Click through this gallery of bathing suits through the ages to find out more. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
In 1825, women wore "bathing dresses" at the beach. This illustration shows women of the era venturing into the ocean via bathing machines -- sort of a dressing room on wheels -- that brought them directly to the water. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Fashionable bathing suits in the 1870s featured tunics atop bloomers. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Perhaps this couple, rendered in 1875, was unable to swim, because they are wearing the "ureka" unsinkable bathing outfit that has paddle gloves, a buoy and an emergency flag. Three Lions/Getty Images
Victorian-era bathing suits, especially for women, covered more of the bather's skin than in the past, often including stockings. London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images
When the practice of swimming as a sport caught on thanks to the modern Olympic Games, bathing suits became streamlined, for greater mobility. These women competed in the RSC swimming gala in 1906. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Hollywood helped glamorize bathing suits as early as 1925, with Keystone Studios' "Sennett Bathing Beauties," whose bathing suits were considered provocative. General Photographic Agency/Getty Images
Even if Hollywood starlettes wore outrageous beach attire, other beaches across the country, like this one in West Palm Beach, Florida, were subject to suit regulations introduced by beach censors. Generic Photographic Agency/Getty Images
The Jantzen swimsuits of 1933 were form-fitting and less restrictive of movement than previous swimwear. Sasha/Getty Images
By 1942, bathing suits developed a recognizably modern style. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
French designer Louis Reard designed the "Bikini" in 1946. While other versions of two-piece swimsuits had already appeared, this one caused a real splash. Reard was unable to find a fashion model to wear the suit, so he had to hire this nude dancer from the Casino de Paris. Keystone/Getty Images
In the pin-up style, like the famous image of Betty Grable in a bathing suit from 1943, bathing suits were modeled in come-hither poses. Tom Kelley/Getty Images
Swimmers in Acapulco, Mexico, show off Hawaiian print swimming trunks in 1950. Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images
The bikinis of the 1950s offered women with curvy figures, like Marilyn Monroe, left, pictured in 1951, and Bettie Page circa 1955, the structured support of undergarments. Archive Photos/Getty Images
Teeny, weeny, yellow polka-dot bikinis and surfin' trunks capitalized on the California-style rock 'n' roll beach party frivolity of the early 1960s. Archive Photos/Getty Images
By the end of the decade, California beach style took a psychedelic spin with graphic prints and barely-there bikinis. Body paint, as worn by Goldie Hawn on "Laugh-In," rounds out the look. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Actress Farrah Fawcett was a swimsuit icon in the 1970s. A poster of her wearing a simple rust-colored bathing suit and a wide smile adorned many a teenager's bedroom. Karen Bleier/Getty Images
The Hawaiian Tropic bikini pageants of the 1980s featured models in skimpy, high-cut bikinis and swimsuits, which showed off the sun-worshiping, tanning culture of the time. Marla Maples, pictured here in the center, was a Hawaiian Tropic beauty queen before becoming Mrs. Donald Trump. Liaison/Getty Images
Olympic runner Florence Griffith Joyner was known for her flashy running outfits, which reflected the sporty influence on bathing suit fashion of the late 1980s. Tony Duffy/Getty Images
In the 1990s, fashion models shot to fame by landing the cover spot of the 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue. Tyra Banks was the first African-American model to grace the cover, and did so consecutively in 1996 and 1997. Her fellow cover models include Kathy Ireland, Vendela Kirsebom, Heidi Klum, Rebecca Romijn and Rachel Hunter. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images
The leggy lifeguards on the television show "Baywatch" made these tank-style one-piece bathing suits a staple of 1990s television. Getty Images
Toward the end of the 1990s, women wanting the cuteness of a bikini but the coverage of a one-piece found salvation in the "tankini." Here, Sherece Shurmain Smith, Miss U.S. Virgin Islands 1999, models an Oscar de la Renta tankini. Getty Images
Speedo, the company that is synonymous with tiny men's swimsuit that's favored by professional swimmers and European men, made a splash at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with a high-tech, full-body swimsuit (the Fatskin) that cuts a swimmer's drag in the water. A newer version of the suit was famously used by Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Tony Lewis/Getty Images
Whether you call them board shorts, surf trunks or boardies, the long, bright swimsuits took off in the 2000s, especially among surfers and skaters. You can still find the long, drawstring versions but recent updates shortened them, or re-styled them to suit women. TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images
When plus-sized fashion blogger Gabi Gregg popularized the term "fatkini" last year, she dreamed of helping plus-sized women feel better about themselves during the swimsuit season. This spring, she teamed up with clothing line SwimSuitsForAll -- and her suits sold out in one day. courtesy swimsuitsforall