10 Fun Facts About Swimwear
The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a $30 million bikini made with more than 150 carats of flawless Steinmetz diamonds set in platinum.
A popular style of men’s swimwear in the early 1900s was the “Topper,” which had an upper portion that could be unzipped from the trunks. Unfortunately, men who went topless were often arrested for indecent exposure.
In 1907, Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman was arrested for wearing a one-piece suit that showed her arms and legs.
Jantzen changed the name of its swimwear line in the 1920s from “bathing suits” to “swimming suits” because it sounded more athletic.
The word “thong” means “dental floss” in Brazil.
In Victorian times, women entered the water by way of a bathing machine – a horse-drawn carriage rolled into the surf – so that they could not be seen from shore. The “swimwear” covering their bodies weighed more than 20 pounds when wet.
In Australia, swimsuits are known as “cossies.” In the UK and Ireland, they are called “togs.”
Women’s swimwear makes up 70 percent of the international market, children’s 13 percent and men’s approximately 17 percent.
China is the world’s largest exporter of swimwear, with around 70 percent of global shipments.
The bikini is named after the islands in the Bikini Atoll in the North Pacific’s Marshall Islands where the U.S. tested the atomic bomb in 1946.