Beauty and the Beach @ Beecroft Art Gallery
Beauty and the Beach
09 August 2014 – 20 December 2014
This exhibition explores the style, design and inspiration of women’s swimwear during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Through the display of bathing suits, two-pieces and bikinis, the exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of swimwear alongside our changing attitudes towards the body.
With the heyday of the English seaside holiday and the increasing accessibility of overseas travel, swimwear production gained momentum during this time. The development of new fibres with stretchy, shiny and water resistant qualities, allowed swimwear design to become more adventurous and embellished than ever before.
During these three decades, swimwear changed dramatically in its structure, coverage and associations. What started out as sturdy garments designed to hold everything in, push everything up, and flatten everything out, ended as a few bits of flimsy fabric that signified a change in both fashion and culture.
This is a touring exhibition funded by Arts Council England and is available to hire from January 2015.
It will begin its tour at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend on Sea and will be on display from the 9th of August 2014.