Swimsuits from the Collection of the National Museum of Costume in Portugal
Portugal is a coastal country and sea bathing was fashionable in the late 18th century, introduced by the wealthy bourgeois and aristocracy.
Women’s long bathing gowns with matching drawers were used for swimming and sea bathing. People went bathing close to a beach hut to change.
A boy's bathing suit from 1910.
Going to the beach became part of the social life throughout Europe.
The full ankle length dress was gradually replaced by a simpler and lighter dress made of different fabrics.
Knitted maillot for women and knitted shorts for men became fashion’s ultimate craze.
The bathing suit and its multiple varieties became an object of fashion and a desirable consumer good.
Texts: Clara Vaz Pinto
Translation: Xénia Flores Ribeiro
Collection: National Costume Museum in Portugal
Online exhibition: Cândida Caldeira
Photos: © DGPC/ADF
In NAZARÉ. Câmara Municipal. Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso; SANTOS, Dóris (coord.) – Nazaré : memórias de uma praia de Banhos. [Lisboa : Nazaré] : [Instituto dos Museus e da Conservação : Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso], 2010. ISBN 978-972-776-421-1
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