Two-piece bathing suit

Date: 1945–55

Culture: American

Medium: synthetic

Credit Line: Gift of Miriam Whitney Coletti, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.364.12a, b


The sexiness of this two-piece bathing suit with Hollywood-starlet styling is offset by the innocence of the white ruffles, which are usually seen on little girl's dresses. The bathing beauty—posing seaside and poolside—has been a perennial fantasy, made spectacular by Hollywood publicity images, aquatic shows, Esther Williams movies, and, more recently, swimwear issues of sports magazines.