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MAN’s swimsuit issue: We have bikinis too!

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So over the last few days MAN’s swimsuit issue has featured bathing belles, more bathing belles, and contributions from MAN readers and art museums. What we haven’t featured — until now — is actual swimsuits. As savvy MAN readers may know, no one this side of Hawaiian Tropic has more bikinis than… America’s art museums?

Yup. Behold! At right, a bikini from around 1940 from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It turns out the Met doesn’t just have a lot of bikinis, it even has a page about them on its erudite, distinguished Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History website.

It’s not just the Met. The brahmins-soaked Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a swimsuit titled “Scandal”, designed by Cole of California around 1964. The MFA even put together a handy webpage, the MFA Boston’s very own swimsuit issue.

Count on a California museum to jump right in too: LACMA offers up this smashing 1936 suit, as well as this stunning 1963 design by Rose Marie Reid.

If you enjoyed yesterday’s Eugene Boudin, you might get a kick out of this, a bathing costume from around 1888 that’s in the collection of the Missouri History Museum.

What else ya got, readers?

Related: MAN’s Swimsuit Issue part one, two. Plus: Behind the scenes! Art museums make their own contributions, complete with some racy beach talk!

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Comments

  1. Love the Japanese print from MFA!

  2. It’s nice that the beautiful fish swimsuit is made out of wool.

  3. Love this!!! Vintage swimwear is fantastic. My holy grail is the Schiaparelli swim jacket (featured in the fashion show segment in the film “the Women” with the life-like hand holding a rose as the jacket’s closure, no doubt a collaboration with Dali. I just blogged about your post here, so much to see! http://dorotheascloset.blogspot.com/2011/02/in-swim.html (ps, you have to see the swimsuit I posted on my blog that I sold years ago, 1950s yellow Catalina swimsuit with sketchwork birds having *very* romantic moments, if you know what I mean. I couldn’t believe that print came from Catalina, in the 1950s no less!).

    Ang

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