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Swimwear in the '50s was literally corsets that doubled up as swimsuits. Bold colours, ruched panels, padding, underwire, cups...swimsuits were loaded with anything and everything that drew attention to the female body.
Rise of the Bikini
There was a sexual revolution, and the bikini became a pop-cul symbol! Remember the song, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie'? And Ursula Andress, the first-ever Bond girl in Dr. No, in that nude bikini was every man's fantasy.