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.
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!