10 Facts About Swim Suits
1. The world most expensive swimsuit is worth $30 million dollars. It’s a bikini made with over 150 carats of D flawless Diamonds set in platinum. It was designed by Susan Rosen and Steinmetz Diamonds.
2. The largest swimsuit photo shoot took place in Sydney, Australia with 1,010 bikini-clad women on September 25, 2001. It was coordinated by Cosmopolitan and Venus Breeze as a celebration of “30 Days of Fashion and Beauty”.
3. In the 18th century, women wore long “bathing gowns” instead of the swimsuits we now have. They were made from wool or flannel and were sewn into their hems so that they would not float up.
4. Muslim women now have the option of a burqini, that covers the whole body except for the face, hands and feet. It was presented by a Lebanese-American designer in 2007.
5. Swimsuits are known as “cosies” in Australia and as “togs” in the UK and Ireland.
6. Swimwear manufacturer, Jantzen, change the name “bathing suit” to “swimming suit” in 1921. He claimed the more revealing and newly named swimsuits encouraged athleticism.
7. While children and men’s swimwear make up 13% and 17% of the swimwear market respectively, women’s swimwear make up a whopping 70%!
8. Bikinis got their name from Bikini Atoll islands in the North Pacific Marshall Islands. The US government tested the atomic bomb there in 1946.
9. Speedo is the largest and best selling swimwear brand in the world. The company was founded by Alexander McRae, who was a hosiery manufacturer.
10. In 2005, American women alone spent about $1.4 billion buying two-piece bathing suits and swim separates.