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Swimsuit Collection

From vintage pin-ups to modern beach babes, the swimsuit has always been a symbol of style and freedom

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Child Wearing a Swim Cap Sitting in the Surf, 1922 (screen print)

Child Wearing a Swim Cap Sitting in the Surf, 1922 (screen print)
2622357 Child Wearing a Swim Cap Sitting in the Surf, 1922 (screen print) by American School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Vintage illustration of a young girl in a swim cap)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: American actress. The most popular pin-up photograph of the American armed forces during World War

American actress. The most popular pin-up photograph of the American armed forces during World War II
BETTY GRABLE (1916-1973). American actress. The most popular pin-up photograph of the American armed forces during World War II

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Nee Margarita Cansino. American cinema actress and dancer

Nee Margarita Cansino. American cinema actress and dancer
RITA HAYWORTH (1918-1987). Nee Margarita Cansino. American cinema actress and dancer

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft
Beautiful 1940s style Navy pin-up girl posing with a vintage Corsair aircraft

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer, 1926

Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer, 1926. On 6 August 1926 Ederle (1905-2003) became the first woman to swim across the English Channel, which she achieved in a time of 14 hours and 30 minutes

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Pickaback Beach Delight 1938

Pickaback Beach Delight 1938
Holliday-makers wearing stripped one-piece swimming-suit enjoy a pickaback party to the delight of the ladies 01 July 1938 on the beach of Ostend. AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London

Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London
Woman police officer Annie Matthews (nickname Big Ben), on duty at the childrens lido in Hyde Park, London. Before joining the Met Police, Annie worked as a housemaid at Glamis Castle in Scotland

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: The Beach At Cannes

The Beach At Cannes
Sunbathers on a deck in front of the beach outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France in August 1948. (Photo by Ivan Dmitri/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: A 20-25 year old young Brazilian woman standing on the Arpoador rocks with Ipanema

A 20-25 year old young Brazilian woman standing on the Arpoador rocks with Ipanema and the Morro Dois Irmaos hills in the distance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Audi Quattro Germany

Audi Quattro Germany

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Comic postcard, Enormous man with woman in the sea Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Enormous man with woman in the sea Date: 20th century

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Cecil Beaton and Lady Diana Abdy, Lido in Venice, Italy

Cecil Beaton and Lady Diana Abdy, Lido in Venice, Italy
Cecil Beaton, photographer and designer, and Lady Diana Abdy, daughter of the Earl of Bradford, on the beach at the Lido in Venice, Italy. Date: 1933

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Girl in a Red Dress, Seated by a Swimming Pool, 1936 (oil on board)

Girl in a Red Dress, Seated by a Swimming Pool, 1936 (oil on board)
657183 Girl in a Red Dress, Seated by a Swimming Pool, 1936 (oil on board) by Lavery, John (1856-1941); 24x20in cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Girl in a Red Dress, Seated by a Swimming Pool)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Veet advertisement, 1926

Veet advertisement, 1926
Advertisement for Veet hair removal cream from 1926 - don t let disfiguring growths of superfluous hair destroy your charm and daintiness any longer

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Beauty on Parade - a beach belle by David Wright

Beauty on Parade - a beach belle by David Wright
Front cover of The American Weekly featuring an illustration by David Wright, of a red-haired woman in a green swimsuit relaxing on the beach. Date: 1948

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Flappers (litho)

Flappers (litho)
7148641 Flappers (litho) by Heilemann, Ernst (1870-1936) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Flappers. Illustration from Die Berliner Pflanze (Albert Langen, Munich)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Advert for Wills Gold Flake cigarettes, featuring a glamorous young woman smoking a

Advert for Wills Gold Flake cigarettes, featuring a glamorous young woman smoking a cigarette on the beach in a red swimsuit, who is the centre of attraction! Date: 1928

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Poster, All the year round the French Riviera calls you

Poster, All the year round the French Riviera calls you
Poster, French National Railways, All the year round the French Riviera calls you. 1949

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson

The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl paddling in the sea. Date: 1933

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 1917 Bathing Suit Fashion

1917 Bathing Suit Fashion
Hollywood, California: c. 1917. Silent screen actress and Mack Sennett Comedy beauty Vera Stedman poses in the latest beach wear

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Marquise de Casa Maury

Marquise de Casa Maury
The Marquise de Casa Maury, formerly Miss Paula Gellibrand, and Mrs Loel Guinness, formerly Joan Yarde-Buller, daughter of Lord Churston. Joan later divorced her husband and married Prince Aly Khan

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: The Chaperon by Joyce Dennys

The Chaperon by Joyce Dennys
A young woman manages to steal a few moments with her sweetheart out of sight of her chaperon (whose Victorian bathing costume can be seen)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Advert for Gorringes womens bathing dresses & capes 1924

Advert for Gorringes womens bathing dresses & capes 1924
Selection of womens exclusive bathing dresses with separate knickers and capes. Date: 1924

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Woman drying herself after a dip in the sea outside her hut

Woman drying herself after a dip in the sea outside her hut
Woman drying herself with a beach towel after a dip in the sea In her trendy striped bathing costume) outside her hut which is named Burleigh after a village in Berkshire, England. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Venetian Pools, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

Venetian Pools, Coral Gables, Florida, USA
Swimmers enjoying the Venetian Pools at Coral Gables, just south of Miami, Florida, USA. Date: 1952

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Recruiting on the beach at Southsea, WW1

Recruiting on the beach at Southsea, WW1
A call to arms. A very persuasive pair of recruiting sergeants, Beattie and Babs, on the beach at Southsea. The pair later appeared on stage at the Southend Hippodrome to continue their campaign

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: After the swim

After the swim
EMELIEmaria

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: After the swim

After the swim
EMELIEmaria

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Two women sea bathing (colour litho)

Two women sea bathing (colour litho)
6031834 Two women sea bathing (colour litho) by European School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Two women sea bathing)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Venice 1930

Venice 1930
1713356 Venice 1930; (add.info.: Venice 1930).

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Chilling In the Moment

Chilling In the Moment
Uma Gokhale

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Doctor, U.S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Doctor, U.S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Doctor, U.S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps, between c1910 and c1915. U.S. Volunteer Life-Saving Corps. The doctor's commitment to service during that era is commendable

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Submerged

Submerged
Ido Meirovich

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: I Bet You Think About Me

I Bet You Think About Me
Goed Blauw

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Too Tight And Too Overdressed

Too Tight And Too Overdressed
Ana Sneeringer

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Golden hour

Golden hour
Gigi Rosado

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Abstract Figure In Eart Tone

Abstract Figure In Eart Tone
Little Dean

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Ana

Ana
marina dorgan

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Gio

Gio
marina dorgan

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 'Ernest, What Time Does Our Train Leave?' (colour litho)

"Ernest, What Time Does Our Train Leave?" (colour litho)
8656962 "Ernest, What Time Does Our Train Leave?" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Ernest, What Time Does Our Train Leave?")

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 'Excuse This Brief Note - Things are Like That Down Here' (colour litho)

"Excuse This Brief Note - Things are Like That Down Here" (colour litho)
8656961 "Excuse This Brief Note - Things are Like That Down Here" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 'I'd Just Love to Join You, Dear' (colour litho)

"I'd Just Love to Join You, Dear" (colour litho)
8656960 "I'd Just Love to Join You, Dear" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "I'd Just Love to Join You, Dear")

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Just going for a wet (colour litho)

Just going for a wet (colour litho)
8656828 Just going for a wet (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Just going for a wet. Women sea bathing)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Lucky buoy! (colour litho)

Lucky buoy! (colour litho)
8656786 Lucky buoy! (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lucky buoy! Woman in a bathing costume sitting on a buoy)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 1920s-era bathing beauty (b/w photo)

1920s-era bathing beauty (b/w photo)
7133810 1920s-era bathing beauty (b/w photo); (add.info.: 1920s-era bathing beauty); GG Vintage Images; UIG

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: Woman writing 'I love you' in the sand at the seaside (colour litho)

Woman writing "I love you" in the sand at the seaside (colour litho)
8656963 Woman writing "I love you" in the sand at the seaside (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 'Cheeky Little Brats! I'd Put Those Nippers in Their Place if I Couuld Get My Hands on Them

"Cheeky Little Brats! I'd Put Those Nippers in Their Place if I Couuld Get My Hands on Them
8656955 "Cheeky Little Brats! I'd Put Those Nippers in Their Place if I Couuld Get My Hands on Them!" (colour litho) by English School

Background imageSwimsuit Collection: 'Where Am I Supposed to Pin it?' (colour litho)

"Where Am I Supposed to Pin it?" (colour litho)
8656950 "Where Am I Supposed to Pin it?" (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: "Where Am I Supposed to Pin it?")



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From vintage pin-ups to modern beach babes, the swimsuit has always been a symbol of style and freedom. In 1922, a child wearing a swim cap sits in the surf, capturing the innocence and joy of summer days. Fast forward to World War II, where an American actress becomes the most popular pin-up photograph for our brave armed forces. Margarita Cansino, later known as Rita Hayworth, mesmerizes audiences with her beauty and talent as an actress and dancer. A 1940s-style Navy pin-up girl strikes a pose next to a vintage Corsair aircraft, embodying both glamour and patriotism. Even cigarette ads couldn't resist featuring swimsuit-clad women like Wills Gold Flake's glamorous young smoker. The allure of the French Riviera beckons all year round in an enticing poster that promises sun-soaked adventures. In 1938's Pickaback Beach Delight, friends frolic on sandy shores while enjoying each other's company. Meanwhile, Audi Quattro showcases its German engineering prowess against stunning coastal backdrops. Beauty knows no bounds as contestants line up for Miss County of Cornwall beauty contest; their confidence radiates through their swimsuits. Annie Matthews breaks barriers as a woman police officer patrolling Hyde Park in London - proving that strength comes in many forms. The beaches at Cannes become playgrounds for relaxation and luxury under the warm Mediterranean sun. And who can resist Ipanema's charm? A young Brazilian woman stands proudly on Arpoador rocks overlooking this iconic beachscape. Through history and across cultures, the swimsuit remains timeless - embracing individuality while celebrating fun in the sun.