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Making waves : swimsuits and the undressing of America

Author: Lena Lenček; Gideon Bosker
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Scope: women's swimsuits.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lena Lenček; Gideon Bosker
ISBN: 0877013985 9780877013983
OCLC Number: 18052324
Description: 160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Contents: The bathing machine --
Bare beginnings --
Taking the plunge --
Elastic fantastic --
Going to pieces --
Reconstruction and deconstruction --
The incredible shrinking suit --
Choosing sides.
Responsibility: Lena Lencek, Gideon Bosker.

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Scope: women's swimsuits.

The revealing story of how skin went public in America. The swimsuit--more than any other type of clothing--is an item of fantasy and a challenge to daring fashion designers. Making Waves explores every aspect of the design and manufacture of swimwear and delves into the psychological and social roots of swimsuit styles and their appeal. Illustrated with over a hundred photographs, lithographs and drawings, this book chronicles the evolution of swimsuits from the nineteenth century to the present day. The contemporary and historical illustrations include provocative swimwear advertisements featuring the sexy physiques of Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe, James Garner and Ronald Reagan; swimsuit pinups by Alberto Varga and George Petty; and, collected in a book for the first time, a selection of swimsuit photographs from Sports Illustrated's annual tribute to the female form.--From publisher description.

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